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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

Forestry | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Climate change

Study: Replanting Trees After Wildfires May Not Be Necessary

 New research finds forest replanting doesn’t necessarily guarantee better tree survival.

Environment | Communities | Agriculture | Water | Climate change | Fish & Wildlife

Tribes Drop Endangered Species Lawsuit In Klamath Basin

Klamath water interests are gearing up for a long-called-for reworking of roadmap for saving an endangered fish in a part of the arid Northwest where farmers need water for crop irrigation.

Environment | Communities | Energy | Transportation | Renewable energy | Climate change

Oregon Gets Unusual Opportunity To Impact Federal Air Quality Rules

The Trump administration is proposing to lower vehicle fuel economy standards and a loosening of power plant emissions targets.

Forestry | Land use | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Fish & Wildlife

Feds Propose Listing Rare Humboldt Marten As A Threatened Species

Only a few hundred Humboldt martens are left, living in small coastal pockets of forest in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

News | local | Communities | Energy | Election | Environment | Politics | Climate change

Gov. Kate Brown Wants Environmental Rules Upheld In Oregon When Feds Roll Them Back

If passed, the Oregon Environmental Protection Act would solidify a statewide policy opposing environmental deregulation.

Forestry | News | Environment | local | Flora and Fauna | Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Oregon Field Guide

Old Growth Could Be Key For Native Songbird Species To Beat Climate-Change Heat

Increasingly hot and dry summers in Oregon and Washington have started to affect some of our most impressive travelers – the songbirds that migrate thousands of miles to breed here each spring.

Fish & Wildlife | Agriculture | Environment | Communities

Groups Seek Ban On M-44 'Cyanide Bombs' In Oregon

Animal advocates say M-44 "cyanide bombs" kill indiscriminately and are a threat to wildlife, pets and people.

Forestry | News | Environment | local | Land | Politics | Sustainability | Science

Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

Forestry | Health | Environment | Climate change | Communities

Oregon Makes Case For Prescribed Fire Smoke

New smoke management rules aim to increase amount of prescribed burns in fire-prone forests.

Forestry | Environment | Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Land

California Protects Rare Marten, Oregon Still Considering Options

Legal protections for the Humboldt marten are in flux across state lines. But things are more certain in California, where the Fish and Game Commission voted to list the small mammal as endangered.

Forestry | News | Environment | Communities | local | Land

Crews Maneuver, Make Progress On Several Southwest Oregon Fires

Several wildfires burning near Grants Pass continue to cover the region in smoke.

Forestry | News | Environment | Land use | local | Politics | Fish & Wildlife

Court: Oregon Should Not Have Sold Elliott State Forest Land

The Oregon Court of Appeals says the 2014 public land sale violated state law. 

Forestry | News | Environment | Communities | local | Land

2 Large Wildfires In Southwest Oregon Threaten To Meet

While fires burn, communities downwind suffer from consistent unhealthy levels of smoke.

News | Environment | Communities | Land use | local | Land | Air | Politics | Sustainability

Efforts To Reduce Wildfire Risk Fall Short, Buck Science

The West is way behind on reducing the buildup of hazardous fuels we created. And much of the work we do to reduce those fuels is missing the key ingredient: fire.

Forestry | Environment | Energy | Agriculture | Flora and Fauna | Fish & Wildlife

Lawmakers Set Sights On Changes To Endangered Species Act

Members of the House Western Caucus announce legislation they say will "modernize" a seminal environmental law.

Air | Agriculture | Health | Environment | Communities

Oregon Finalizes Farmworker Pesticide Protection Standards

New state rules offer greater protections for farmworkers than federal standards.

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

Gray Wolves Could Lose Protections As 'Endangered' Status Reconsidered

A new status review of endangered gray wolves could lead to reduced protections. 

Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Southern Oregon Tribe Sues To Protect 2 Endangered Fish

The Klamath Tribes say the agency and the management plan it works from doesn’t do enough to protect endangered fish in southern Oregon.

News | local | Communities | Environment | Business | Economy | Fish & Wildlife

The Northwest Juniper Lumber Industry Is Poised For A Healthy Bump

Western juniper has been relegated to firewood, furniture, raised garden beds and the occasional rural fence post. That’s about to change.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Water | Communities

Environmental Group Sues Medford Over Wastewater Treatment Pollution In Rogue River

Environmentalists and fishermen say algae growth downstream are hurting invertebrates young salmon rely on.