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Jes Burns


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

Water | News | Environment | Pacific Ocean | Science | Fish & Wildlife | Communities | local

Scent Research Could Help More Salmon Find Their Way Home

Southern Oregon’s Elk River has a problem. Salmon produced in a fish hatchery there aren’t returning to spawn. One scientist believes she has a solution … leading the salmon by the nose.

Climate change | local | News | Forestry | Environment

Study: NW Forests Will Weather Climate Change Better Than Others In The West

A new paper predicts substantial vulnerability to drought and wildfire over the next three decades.

Climate change | Forestry | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Study: Replanting Trees After Wildfires May Not Be Necessary

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Agriculture

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.

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

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?

Climate change | Health | Communities | Forestry | Environment

Oregon Makes Case For Prescribed Fire Smoke

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

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

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.

Land | News | Forestry | Environment | Communities | local

Crews Maneuver, Make Progress On Several Southwest Oregon Fires

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

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

Court: Oregon Should Not Have Sold Elliott State Forest Land

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

Land | News | Forestry | Environment | Communities | local

2 Large Wildfires In Southwest Oregon Threaten To Meet

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

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

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

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.

Health | Communities | Air | Environment | Agriculture

Oregon Finalizes Farmworker Pesticide Protection Standards

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

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

Gray Wolves Could Lose Protections As 'Endangered' Status Reconsidered

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

Fish & Wildlife | Water | Environment

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.


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