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

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.

Environment | local | News | Water | Energy

Key State Certification Denied For SW Oregon Natural Gas Export Project

Oregon environmental regulators delivered a blow to the Jordan Cove energy export project on Oregon's south coast, saying the liquefied natural gas project doesn't meet water quality standards.

Environment | local | News | Climate change | Energy

Jordan Cove Would Be Oregon's Top Carbon Polluter If Built

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission estimates that Jordan Cove would account for more than 4% of the state’s total allowed greenhouse gas under Oregon's 2020 emission reduction goals.

Renewable energy | Communities | Climate change | News | Environment | local

Large Grid Storage Project Near Klamath Falls Gets Federal Approval

The $800 million project in southern Oregon gets the greenlight as its developers plan to start a larger, similar project in south-central Washington.

Science | NW Life | Communities | local | Pacific Ocean | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Land | Water | Energy

Coos Bay Fishermen Brace For Impacts From Jordan Cove And Channel-Widening Projects

The Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal and the local port's channel widening projects are both working their way through the permitting process.

Pacific Ocean | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Salmon Fisheries Set As Managers Start Process To Protect Endangered Orcas

With fishery limits now set, attention turns to rebuilding "overfished" salmon runs and protecting Southern Resident orcas.

Science | Environment | Land | Forestry

New Technology Will Help Northwest Forest Managers Assess Wildfire Danger

The new system is being adopted by a limited number of fire agencies and national forests in time for fire season.

Land use | Environment | Land | Forestry | local

Federal Judge Upholds Expansion Of The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

A federal judge says when Barack Obama was president, he had the authority to pull designated timber production lands into the monument near Ashland.

Environment | Forestry | Communities | Politics | Health | local | Agriculture

Oregon Aerial Pesticide Bills Get Hearings In Salem

One bill would ban aerial pesticide spraying on state lands. The other would improve notification of when sprays would happen. 

Renewable energy | Land use | Communities | News | Environment | local | Land | Water | Energy

Southern Oregon Residents Are Wary About An Energy-Storing Lake

If approved and built, the Swan Lake North pumped hydro storage project in southern Oregon would be the largest energy storage project in the Pacific Northwest.

Environment | Communities | Climate change | Pacific Ocean | News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Water

Fisheries Managers Face Mixed Forecast For Northwest Salmon, Concerns Over Endangered Orca

Northwest chinook salmon fisheries may eventually be adjusted to ensure there’s enough fish in the ocean for endangered orcas.

Land use | Communities | local | News | Environment

Timber Industry Challenge To Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Expansion Gets Day In Court

With no word from the Trump administration on the fate of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, an industry lawsuit moves forward.

Flora and Fauna | Land use | Communities | local | Climate change | News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Water

Protections For Devil's Staircase, Other NW Areas Sent To Trump For Signature

Congress gave final approval to a wide-reaching natural resource bill that extends more public lands protections in the Pacific Northwest.

Environment | News | Water | local

February Storms Have Helped, But The PNW Could Still Face Drought

The Northwest has seen plenty of snow and cold temperatures these last few weeks. But forecasters say some areas this summer could still face droughts.

Environment | local | News | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Fish Proposed For Removal From Endangered Species List

Oregon’s Borax Lake chub has been protected since the early 1980s, when geothermal energy exploration threatened to disrupt the hot springs that supply the only lake where it lives.

Communities | local | News | Climate change | Environment

The Future Climate For Western Oregon? California's Central Valley

What town currently feels like what your city will feel like after 60 years of climate change? A new mapping tool answers that question.

Agriculture | Communities | Climate change | News | Environment | local | Water

Recent Winter Storms Don't Fix Western Oregon's Water Woes

Ski areas love the snow, but the water outlook is still not great for western Oregon.

Flora and Fauna | Forestry | Communities | local | Climate change | News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

So Far, Northwest Forest Plan Falling Short Of Biodiversity Goals

Surprising findings raise questions about how Pacific Northwest forests should be managed.

Land use | Communities | Forestry | Environment

State, OSU Move Ahead On Elliott State Forest Transfer Plan

State moves forward with Oregon State University to find new ownership of the Elliott State Forest near the south coast.

Business | Communities | Climate change | Nation | News | Environment | local | Energy

Jordan Cove LNG Project Entering Important Permitting Stretch

This year will be a big one for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project in southwest Oregon.