Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

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

Climate change | Energy | Environment

What Can Northwest States Do In Face Of Federal Rollbacks On Climate Policy?

OPB/EarthFix | March 24, 2017 4:28 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

As the Trump administration rolls back climate policy, Northwest states are taking a stand. What could they feasibly do?

Energy | Land use | Environment

It's Round 3 For Jordan Cove LNG Terminal And Pipeline

OPB/EarthFix | March 17, 2017 12:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

After being denied by federal regulators last years, backers of the liquefied natural gas project are starting again.

Recreation | Land use | Communities | Environment | Politics | Fish & Wildlife

Hunters And Anglers Cross Political Lines To Fight For Public Lands

OPB/EarthFix | March 16, 2017 8:30 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Hunting and fishing groups are standing shoulder to shoulder with environmentalists to fight back against what they see as threats to public lands.

Agriculture | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Eastern Oregon Wolf Recovery Enters Next Phase

OPB/EarthFix | March 7, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Eastern Oregon wolves have hit a recovery milestone — mixed news if you're a wolf.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Returning Salmon Numbers Looking Meager For Oregon, Northern California

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 28, 2017 4:45 p.m.

State fishery managers on the West Coast are releasing ocean salmon forecasts this week. And things aren’t looking good – especially for fishermen off the coasts of Oregon and Northern California.

Transportation | Agriculture | Climate change | Environment | Water | Energy | Fish & Wildlife

Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Columbia And Snake Rivers Cold For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 23, 2017 10 a.m.

A lawsuit filed by salmon advocates calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to pick up where it left off in 2003 in considering steps to lower temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Forestry | Environment | Land | Fish & Wildlife

5 Things To Know About the Latest Plans For The Elliott State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 13, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The State Land Board is consider new approaches to keep the Elliott State Forest under public ownership without continuing to lose money. 

Fish & Wildlife | Sports | Communities | Environment

Condor Reintroduction In The Northwest Will Put The Scavengers In Lead’s Way

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 3, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon has few restrictions on the use of lead hunting ammunition. That means a plan to reintroduce California condors here could be setting the birds up for disaster. 

Agriculture | Water | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Klamath Farmers Look For Compensation For 16-Year-Old Irrigation Cuts

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 30, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Lawsuit could lead to compensation and a change in the legal status of water rights in the drought-stricken West.

Flora and Fauna | Science | Environment | Technology | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Is 'eDNA' The Next Big Thing For Wildlife Science?

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 23, 2017 7 a.m. | Alsea, Oregon

Emerging advances in DNA science promises to help keep better track of native and invasive fish and wildlife. 

Fish & Wildlife | Communities | Environment

California Condors May Fly Once Again Over Oregon Skies

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 20, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The largest land bird in North America is still critically endangered.  A new plan could see the reintroduction of the condor in the Northwest.

Agriculture | Water | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Conservation Groups Sue To Get More Water To Klamath Wildlife Refuges

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 18, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The five refuges straddling the Oregon-California border comprise some of the most important migratory bird habitat on the West Coast. Conservation groups saying they're being shorted on water.

Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 9, 2017 2:57 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

OSU scientists have developed a way to predict spikes in domoic acid off the West Coast.  The toxin can accumulate in some seafood and be harmful to humans if consumed. 

Forestry | Water | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon’s Updated Streamside Logging Rules Get A Chilly Response

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 26, 2016 5 a.m. | Brookings, Oregon

Oregon once led the nation in stream protections, but not anymore.  And new rules proposed by the Board of Forestry won't change that any time soon.

Science | Pacific Ocean | Environment

New Whale Song Discovered In The South Pacific By Oregon Researchers

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 16, 2016 12:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The sound had not been identified previously because of the way scientists analyze acoustic data from the ocean. 

Climate change | Energy | Land use | Communities | Environment

Jordan Cove Will Try Again To Get Coos Bay Natural Gas Export Terminal Approved

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 15, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

After getting denied last week, backers of the proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal say they will refile.

Forestry | Water | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Coastal Coho Salmon Could Be Stable Again In 10 Years: Feds

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 14, 2016 5 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon coastal coho populations are in better shape than most endangered salmon runs on the West Coast.

Climate change | Energy | Pacific Ocean | Environment

West Coast Push Gets Under Way For Permanent Ban On Offshore Drilling

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 13, 2016 9:30 p.m.

California's governor wants his Oregon and Washington counterparts to join in seeking a permanent offshore oil drilling ban ban before the Trump presidency begins.

Forestry | Land use | Communities | Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Elliott State Forest Sale Looms Large For Land Board

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 12, 2016 8:45 p.m. | Coos Bay, Oregon

Oregon is offering the land for a flat $220 million, but is requiring the purchaser to guarantee public access and some environmental protections.

Forestry | Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna | Communities | Environment

Unpacking The Science Behind The Northwest Forest Plan

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 6, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Federal agencies are developing a new scientific baseline that will inform an upcoming revision to the Northwest Forest Plan. 


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