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Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.

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

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

Eastern Oregon Minnow Removed From The Endangered Species List

The Foskett speckled dace is the third Oregon fish to be removed from the endangered species list.

local | Energy | News | Water | Environment

Proposed EPA Rules Could Limit State And Tribal Power To Block Infrastructure Projects

Proposed EPA rules would limit state's authority to regulate water quality. That could restrict their ability to block energy projects because of pollution concerns.

Communities | Environment | News | Forestry | Fish & Wildlife | Land | local

Environmental Scrutiny Could Be Reduced For Projects On Public Forests

The new rules would streamline the approval process for forest projects that are "essentially similar" to others that have already been analyzed under federal environmental law.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Animals | News | Politics | Nation | local

Trump's New Rules Threaten Wildlife, Northwest Conservation Groups Contend

Conservationists are accusing the Trump administration of putting the interests of industry ahead of the survival of the country’s most imperiled wild plants and animals.

Energy | Environment | News | Land | Politics | local

Coos Sheriff Acknowledges Monitoring Of Fossil Fuel Project Opponents

Law enforcement in Southwest Oregon have for several years been monitoring the activities of activists fighting the Jordan Cove natural gas infrastructure project.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Animals | News | Forestry | local

Oregon Judge Dings Wildlife Commission For Changing Direction On Murrelet Protections

A judge in Lane County rules the Fish and Wildlife Commission's vote to deny an endangered species status for the marbled murrelet violated state law.

local | Communities | News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Tribe, Fishing Groups Sue Over Klamath River Water Allocations

Yurok Tribe says endangered Klamath River coho salmon still don't have adequate protections and want a new biological opinion from two national agencies.

Communities | Environment | News | Water | Pacific Ocean | local | Flora and Fauna

Hunt For Answers Shows Oregon Rivers Not Immune To Microplastic Pollution

Two OPB reporters go on a scientific journey to discover how much microplastic pollution has made it to Oregon's most iconic rivers.

Energy | Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Communities

Jordan Cove LNG Plans Not Good Enough For People Or Environment, Oregon Says

Oregon agencies reviewed the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the proposed LNG export terminal and pipeline in southwest Oregon. 

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

6 New Wolf Pups Caught On Trail Cam In Central Oregon

New trail cam footage shows the pups on the Warm Springs Reservation.

Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Protecting Cattle From Wolves Becomes A Community Effort In Southern Oregon

A conservation group has launched a crowd-funding campaign to build a fence around a Jackson County ranch that's been hit hard by wolves.

Communities | Environment | Water | Health | NW Life | local

Oregon Issues Beach Water Warnings Ahead Of Holiday Week

In a series of health advisories issued, beachgoers are advised not to swim, wade or even touch “creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and to stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean.

Land use | local | Energy | News | Environment

Southern Oregon Turns Out To Weigh In On Controversial LNG Project

A sense of deja vu permeated a hearing Wednesday in Medford, where opponents and supporters of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project gave testimony to federal regulators. 

local | Energy | Communities | News | Environment

Next Round Of Jordan Cove LNG Public Hearings Planned For Southwest Oregon

Federal energy regulators are asking for input on draft environmental impact findings for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG fossil fuel project.

local | Environment | Land use | News | Forestry | Health | Communities | Air

Change To Oregon Smoke Rules Seeing Early Results For Prescribed Burns

We’re not getting nearly enough prescribed fire on the ground to restore forests and manage the risk of severe wildfire. Oregon's new smoke rules are intended to change that trend.

News | Economy | Renewable energy | Environment

Oregon Wave Energy Testing Project Moves Forward

The Oregon State University project is designed to speed up the development of wave energy technology in the United States.

Science | Communities | Forestry | Recreation | Environment

Public Asked To Weigh In On OSU's Plan To Use Elliott State Forest For Research

Oregon State University is developing a report outlining how it could take ownership of the timberland near Coos Bay and turn it into a research forest.

Communities | Environment | News | Forestry | Health | local

Not Enough Is Known About Smoke's Effect On Wildland Firefighters' Health

Wildland firefighters endure smoky conditions rarely experienced in communities. It’s an occupational hazard that scientists and fire agencies are just beginning to understand.

Education | Communities | Economy | Environment | News | Forestry | local

Trump Administration To Close 2 Northwest Forest Service Job Training Centers

The Trump administration announced Friday it will close two U.S. Forest Service job training centers in Oregon and Washington. The centers provide vocational training to low-income youth.

Communities | Environment | Agriculture | News | Fish & Wildlife | Politics | local

Oregon Governor Approves Ban On Predator Control 'Cyanide Bombs'

M-44 devices often target coyotes to reduce conflicts with livestock, but people and pets have been harmed in recent years.