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

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

Noisy Shrimp May Be Helping Gray Whales Find Their Prey

Scientists haven’t actually seen these creatures, but they’re hearing them loud and clear. And they think hungry gray whales may be tuning in as well.

Land use | local | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

Western Bog Lily On The Decline

The Western bog lily once thrived in the marshes and bogs of southwestern Oregon – but they’re on the decline.

local | News | Environment

Exploratory Mining Plan Near Mount St. Helens Moves Forward

The Forest Service has given its consent for exploratory mining on public land near Mount St. Helens.  

Communities | News | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Land use | local

Endangered Lily Still Faces Challenges On Oregon's South Coast

There’s a flower growing in the swampy bogs of the Southern Oregon coast that’s facing extinction.

local | News | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

A Greener Future For Oysters?

Could eelgrass and kelp protect a $100 million Northwest oyster industry from the effects of ocean acidification and climate change?

Communities | Flora and Fauna | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Climate change

Can Kelp And Seagrass Help Oysters Adapt To Major Ocean Change?

The oceans off Oregon and Washington are ground zero for ocean acidification, and Northwest scientists are working on new ways to adapt.

Fish & Wildlife | Energy | Renewable energy | Environment

Trump Eases Rules For Bird-Killing Wind Turbines, Power Lines

Most birds in the United States have been protected under federal law. But now, to benefit the energy industry, the Trump administration has made a major change to how the law is enforced.

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

Oregon Sues Monsanto For PCB Clean-Up Costs

Oregon is suing the agro-chemical company Monsanto to help clean up toxic chemicals in the environment.

local | News | Forestry | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Climate change | Agriculture

Severe Wildfires Bring A Welcome Landscape For Native Bees

Oregon State University scientists are finding that severe wildfire may be just the thing that allows native bees to thrive.

Forestry | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Old-Growth Forests Can Provide Last Refuge For Declining Songbirds As Climate Changes

New research shows that old-growth forests can slow declines of nearby songbird populations.

Communities | News | Environment | Agriculture

Washington Updates Rules Protecting Farmworkers From Pesticides

The Environmental Protection Agency released rules a couple years back that increased protections for farmworkers. It’s up to states to adopt standards that are at least as protective.

Communities | News | Environment | Agriculture

Protecting Farmworkers From Pesticides By Sheltering Them Indoors Draws Skepticism

Proposed rules designed to protect Oregon farmworkers from pesticide exposure has both farmers and worker advocates on edge.

News | Environment

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon National Monument Faces An Uncertain Future

Will President Trump shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument? 

Politics | News | Forestry | Land | Environment

Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Would Be Reduced Under Zinke Proposal

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is calling for one of the Northwest’s national monuments to be reduced in size.

Politics | Nation | Communities | News | Environment | Land use | local

Oregonians Wait To Hear Fate Of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

President Trump says he is significantly shrinking two national monuments in Utah. Two other monuments are on the chopping block as well – including Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Sustainability | News | Environment

Without Chinese Buyers, Northwest Recycling Becomes Trash

Northwest recycling companies are scrambling to find markets for our paper and plastic as China cracks down on waste imports.

Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | Environment

The Problem With Wildfires: There Aren't Enough Of Them, Study Finds

Despite all the wildfires of the past three decades, Northwest forests are still growing faster than they burn. That's not necessarily a good thing.

Environment | Forestry | Flora and Fauna | Agriculture

Deadly Plant Disease Confirmed For First Time In Pacific Northwest Fir Trees

For the first time, scientists have found a deadly plant disease infecting fir trees in the Pacific Northwest.

Communities | News | Forestry | Flora and Fauna | Environment | local | Agriculture

Southern Oregon Megafire May Help Suppress Devastating Tree Disease

Crews working the Chetco Bar wildfire had more to consider than just the flames once it spread into a quarantine zone where a disease was devastating trees.

Land | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

By Removing A Derelict Fence, Volunteers Make Way For Wildlife

A group of backcountry volunteers are racing against a deadline to remove a derelict fence from the land. These old barbed wire fences are hazards to wildlife, a last vestige of ranching.


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