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

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

Will The Franklin's Bumblebee Ever Be Seen Again?

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2017 8:16 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Scientists On Case Of Deadly Bat Disease Discover New Clues

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 1, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

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

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

How Farming Inside Wildlife Refuges Is Transforming Klamath Basin Agriculture

OPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2017 7 p.m. | Tulelake, California

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

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

What Happens To Birds When Wildlife Refuges Dry Up?

OPB/EarthFix | July 25, 2017 6 a.m. | Merrill, Oregon

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.

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

Birds Take Backseat To Fish, Farms In The Klamath Basin

OPB/EarthFix | July 24, 2017 6 a.m. | Merrill, Oregon

There’s always a bird – or 20 –  in sight at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. But really, there should be many, many more.

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

Oregon AG Threatens Legal Action To Protect Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

OPB/EarthFix | July 13, 2017 5:19 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says Oregon is ready to take legal action if monument designation changes.

Communities | Environment | Forestry | Land use

Legislation To Provide Land Base For Western Oregon Tribes Passes House

OPB/EarthFix | July 13, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Legislation would convey 32,000 acres of federal land to two tribes and provide forest management authority to a third.

Communities | Energy | Climate change | Environment

Protesters And Supporters Come Out Once Again For Jordan Cove LNG

OPB/EarthFix | June 27, 2017 9:35 p.m. | Coos Bay, Oregon

It was the first public meeting since the Canadian company Veresen refiled its permit application with the federal government.

Energy | Climate change | Environment

Valve-Turning Activist From Oregon Won’t Serve Prison Time

OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2017 3:08 p.m.

Ken Ward was one of five activists who turned valves off on several pipelines bringing oil from Canada to the United States.

Energy | Politics | Nation | local | Environment | News | Communities | Climate change | Renewable energy

Northwest States, Cities Pledge To Uphold The Paris Climate Deal

OPB/EarthFix | June 6, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Northwest states once again speaking out against Trump administration actions on climate change.

Science | Climate change | Environment | Pacific Ocean

West Coast Ocean Acidification Rates Among Highest In World

OPB/EarthFix | June 2, 2017 9 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The more carbon dioxide in the air, the more acidic oceans become – preventing oysters and tiny marine snails at the base of the food chain from forming shells. 

Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Water

Oregon Legislature Limits Controversial Mining Practice

OPB/EarthFix | May 31, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The suction dredge mining bill now goes to the governor for signature.

Communities | Election | Climate change | Environment

Oregon Voters Could See More Community Rights Measures Going Forward

OPB/EarthFix | May 17, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The concept of community rights stems from the idea that local communities should have say over corporate projects that could cause local harm. 

Fish & Wildlife | Land | Environment | Forestry

Timber Company, Tribe Left With Little After Vote To Cancel Elliott State Forest Sale

OPB/EarthFix | May 10, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The only parties to offer a bid for the Elliott say they are frustrated and disappointed with the outcome.

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

Oregon County Seeks To Block LNG Project With Ballot Measure

OPB/EarthFix | May 8, 2017 7:30 a.m.

"Community-Rights" measure aims to give Coos County residents control over energy infrastructure projects.

Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Forestry | Education

Rural School Sees Education Gold In Abandoned Hatchery

OPB/EarthFix | May 2, 2017 6:45 p.m. | Butte Falls, Oregon

Butte Falls Charter School is hoping to turn a shuttered trout and salmon hatchery into a natural resource education center.

Energy | local | Environment | Pacific Ocean | News

Bigger Company Joins Push For LNG Export Facility On Oregon Coast

OPB/EarthFix | May 2, 2017 noon

The Canadian company behind the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project is getting bigger.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Agriculture | Education

Professor Says WSU Violated His Academic Freedom Over Wolf Comments

OPB/EarthFix | April 27, 2017 5:15 p.m.

Wolf researcher says university forbade him from speaking to press, cut his research funding and attempted to discredit his work.

Animals | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Wolf Hunting Still An Option Under New Oregon Plan

OPB/EarthFix | April 21, 2017 3:59 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

Oregon’s gray wolves are once again the center of attention for state wildlife officials.

Animals | Communities | Agriculture | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

3 Questions About Oregon's New Wolf Plan

OPB/EarthFix | April 20, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon fish and wildlife officials are considering a revised Wolf Management Plan that would set the course for endangered gray wolves for the next half decade.


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