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

News | Environment | Forestry | local | Land | Communities

Crews Maneuver, Make Progress On Several Southwest Oregon Fires

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

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

Court: Oregon Should Not Have Sold Elliott State Forest Land

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

News | Environment | Forestry | local | Land | Communities

2 Large Wildfires In Southwest Oregon Threaten To Meet

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

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

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.

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

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.

Agriculture | Air | Health | Communities | Environment

Oregon Finalizes Farmworker Pesticide Protection Standards

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

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

Gray Wolves Could Lose Protections As 'Endangered' Status Reconsidered

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

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Water

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.

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

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.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Communities | Water

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.

Climate change | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Science | Land | Communities

Study: Wildfires Burn More Severely On Private Timber Plantations Than Public Forests

New research sheds light on what drives fire severity in the Pacific Northwest.

Agriculture | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Communities | Environment

Significant Drop In Klamath River Flows Leads To Fish Kill

Low water flows on the upper Klamath River have caused the death of hundreds, possibly thousands of fish.

Agriculture | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Communities | Environment

Judge Upholds Use Of Klamath Water For Salmon Instead Of Early Crop Irrigation

Klamath Basin farmers will likely have to wait several more weeks to start irrigating crops like garlic and onions, while water is held back for salmon.

News | Energy | Environment | Renewable energy | local | Pacific Ocean | Communities

Oregon Wave Energy Testing Project Looks To Feds For Approval

A wave energy test facility off the Oregon coast has entered a new phase of development. 

News | Animals | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Science | local | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife

Researchers ID Whales By Genetic Bread Crumbs Left Behind

Even two hours after they pass, genetic traces from orcas can be detected in the water.

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

Klamath Farmers Ask Federal Judge To Kickstart Irrigation Season

Federal dam operators are asking to open the irrigation season next week in lieu of holding back water to benefit fish.

News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna | local | Pacific Ocean | Communities

Washington Says No To Poisoning Native Shrimp To Protect Oyster Beds

Washington regulators turn down shellfish growers' request to use pesticide on native shrimp.

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

California Takes Up Ocean Wind Energy After Oregon Project Fails

Two years after a ocean wind energy project failed to gain traction in Southern Oregon, developers are trying their luck in California.

News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Recreation | local | Pacific Ocean | Communities

Gray Whale Sightings Up Off Northwest Coast

A big factor is multiple days of calm, clear weather that made it easier to locate migrating gray whales.

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

Captive-Raised Native Sucker Fish Make 1st Ever Return To Klamath Lake

The release kicked off a new phase in efforts to bring back two endangered fish called suckers on the Oregon-California border. 


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