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Jes Burns

Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

She previously worked for the NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene as a reporter and the local "All Things Considered" host. Jes has also worked as an editor and producer for Free Speech Radio News and has produced reports as a freelance producer for NPR, Sirius Radio's "OutQ News" and "The Takeaway."

Jes has a degree in English literature from Duke University and a master's degree from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications.

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Recent Articles

News | Communities | Agriculture | Environment

Washington Updates Rules Protecting Farmworkers From Pesticides

The Environmental Protection Agency released rules a couple years back that increased protections for farmworkers. It’s up to states to adopt standards that are at least as protective.

News | Communities | Agriculture | Environment

Protecting Farmworkers From Pesticides By Sheltering Them Indoors Draws Skepticism

Proposed rules designed to protect Oregon farmworkers from pesticide exposure has both farmers and worker advocates on edge.

News | Environment

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon National Monument Faces An Uncertain Future

Will President Trump shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument? 

News | Environment | Land | Politics | Forestry

Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Would Be Reduced Under Zinke Proposal

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is calling for one of the Northwest’s national monuments to be reduced in size.

Environment | News | Nation | Land use | Politics | Communities | local

Oregonians Wait To Hear Fate Of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

President Trump says he is significantly shrinking two national monuments in Utah. Two other monuments are on the chopping block as well – including Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

News | Environment | Sustainability

Without Chinese Buyers, Northwest Recycling Becomes Trash

Northwest recycling companies are scrambling to find markets for our paper and plastic as China cracks down on waste imports.

Forestry | Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

The Problem With Wildfires: There Aren't Enough Of Them, Study Finds

Despite all the wildfires of the past three decades, Northwest forests are still growing faster than they burn. That's not necessarily a good thing.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Agriculture | Forestry

Deadly Plant Disease Confirmed For First Time In Pacific Northwest Fir Trees

For the first time, scientists have found a deadly plant disease infecting fir trees in the Pacific Northwest.

Environment | News | Flora and Fauna | Agriculture | Forestry | Communities | local

Southern Oregon Megafire May Help Suppress Devastating Tree Disease

Crews working the Chetco Bar wildfire had more to consider than just the flames once it spread into a quarantine zone where a disease was devastating trees.

Environment | Land | Oregon Field Guide

By Removing A Derelict Fence, Volunteers Make Way For Wildlife

A group of backcountry volunteers are racing against a deadline to remove a derelict fence from the land. These old barbed wire fences are hazards to wildlife, a last vestige of ranching.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Forestry | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean

Oregon Considering Added Protections For Reclusive Coastal Seabird

The marbled murrelet has been at the center of a conservation fight on the Oregon coast for decades.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Climate change | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean

Tsunami Debris Continues Delivering Invasive Species To The West Coast

New research shows nearly 300 species have traveled on debris rafts across the Pacific Ocean.

Climate change | Environment | Communities

Rain May Give Fire-Ravaged Southwest Oregon A Brief Break

The Chetco Bar Fire is still the largest fire burning in Washington and Oregon.

Environment | News | Nation | History | Communities | local

Chetco Bar Fire Update: A World War II Site Under Threat And Pay-It-Forward Beers

The Chetco Bar megafire is burning just five miles outside the coastal city of Brookings. OPB/EarthFix reporter Jes Burns is on the scene asking questions and getting answers.

News | Environment | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Hot, Dry Conditions Keep Coastal Oregon Town In Wildfire Danger

Hot, dry weather Sunday on the southern Oregon coast made it difficult for fire crews to stop the spread of the Chetco Bar Fire.

Environment | News | Land use | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Communities

Report: Zinke Recommends Reducing Cascade-Siskiyou Monument

Early reports suggest the Oregon national monument is one of three nationally pegged for reduction

Environment | Animals | Flora and Fauna | local | News | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Agriculture

Will The Franklin's Bumblebee Ever Be Seen Again?

The last person who found Franklin's bumblebee in the field isn’t giving up on the bee. He still makes an annual pilgrimage to Mount Ashland in hopes it will make an appearance once again.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Scientists On Case Of Deadly Bat Disease Discover New Clues

Scientists are gaining more insight into how a deadly bat fungus is spreading across the United States.

Environment | News | Agriculture | Land use | Water | Fish & Wildlife | Communities | local

How Farming Inside Wildlife Refuges Is Transforming Klamath Basin Agriculture

While controversial, the common practice of farming on the Klamath wildlife refuges has resulted in an interesting new direction for agriculture across the basin. 

Environment | News | Flora and Fauna | Water | Fish & Wildlife | local

What Happens To Birds When Wildlife Refuges Dry Up?

A million birds spend time annually in the Klamath Basin's six wildlife refuges. But that's only a fraction of the number that thrived here when they had year-round water.