Land Trust Learning Series: A Conversation with Alex Kuffner


Location: Virtual or Barrington Public Library


From offshore wind and forever chemicals to bird flu and pine beetles, Alex Kuffner has researched the full range of environmental issues facing Rhode Islanders in his work as Environment Reporter for The Providence Journal. The Barrington Land Conservation Trust will present “A Conversation with Alex Kuffner” at the Barrington Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 pm as part of its 2023 Land Trust Learning Series.

This free public event allows participants to get inside the story and hear, first-hand, from an award-winning journalist reporting on stories that affect your life and the health of our planet. Advance registration is required. Go to to register for in-person or virtual attendance.

Among his many accolades, Kuffner won the Silver Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his story, “Coastal Erosion: The Smallest State and Why It’s Getting Smaller.”

Kuffner also earned a first-place award from the Society of Environmental Journalists for articles detailing the arrival of an invasive species of fierce-stinging jellyfish in Rhode Island waters, a scourge of tree-killing insects and drought that have defoliated portions of Rhode Island’s forests, and the expansive growth of solar farms in the state. The judges described Kuffner’s reporting as “a model for small-market journalists covering an environmental beat: clear, thorough, objective coverage on a range of important local issues” (as reported in The Providence Journal).

Alex earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and a master’s degree in journalism, both from Columbia University. Alex lives in Barrington, RI.

The presentation is part of the 2023 Land Trust Learning Series organized by the Barrington Land Conservation Trust in partnership with the Barrington Public Library. This event has been made possible by Presenting Sponsor Chart House Realtors and also by The Shaw’s Foundation, Santander Bank, Brickyard Wine & the Cicione Family, Prickly Ed’s Cactus Patch Native Plant Emporium, and other local sponsors.

Founded in 1979, the Barrington Land Conservation Trust is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that has preserved nearly 300 acres of open space in perpetuity for the benefit of the public.

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