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

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The Future Climate For Western Oregon? California's Central Valley

What town currently feels like what your city will feel like after 60 years of climate change? A new mapping tool answers that question.

News | Communities | Agriculture | Water | local | Climate change | Environment

Recent Winter Storms Don't Fix Western Oregon's Water Woes

Ski areas love the snow, but the water outlook is still not great for western Oregon.

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

So Far, Northwest Forest Plan Falling Short Of Biodiversity Goals

Surprising findings raise questions about how Pacific Northwest forests should be managed.

Forestry | Environment | Communities | Land use

State, OSU Move Ahead On Elliott State Forest Transfer Plan

State moves forward with Oregon State University to find new ownership of the Elliott State Forest near the south coast.

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

Jordan Cove LNG Project Entering Important Permitting Stretch

This year will be a big one for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project in southwest Oregon.

News | Forestry | local | Climate change | Environment | Politics

Gov. Kate Brown Announces New Council To Assess Oregon Wildfire Response

The new Oregon Wildfire Response Council will look at the state's efforts surrounding "wildfire education, prevention, suppression, attack, and community recovery."

News | Communities | Forestry | local | Climate change | Environment

Oregon Approves New Air Quality Rules To Allow More Prescribed Fire

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved new smoke rules Thursday that should make it easier to use prescribed burns to lessen overall wildfire risk.

News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Climate change | Environment | Pacific Ocean

Study: Northwest Salmon Not Immune To Ocean Acidification

Researchers in the Pacific Northwest have found that elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the ocean could have a profound effect on salmon. 

Sustainability | News | Environment | Communities

Oregon Recycling Rate Rises Despite China Export Woes

Recycling in Oregon has hit some bumps over the past few years, with local paper mills closing and China deciding not to import used paper and plastic any longer. 

News | Economy | Communities | local | Climate change | Environment

Wildfire Smoke Continues To Disrupt Southern Oregon Economic Rhythms

The Rogue Valley didn’t directly experience any serious wildfires this year. But smoke from large wildfires burning hours away blew in and stayed for months — right at the peak of tourist season.

News | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Education | Communities | local | Forestry | Environment

Oregon Moves On Plan To Repurpose The Elliott State Forest For Research

Oregon State University wants to create a world-class research forest near Coos Bay.  Now they need $121 million.

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

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.

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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 | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Study: Replanting Trees After Wildfires May Not Be Necessary

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Agriculture | Environment | Communities | Fish & Wildlife

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.

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