About Doug Alderson

Doug Alderson's articles and photographs have been featured in Native Peoples, Wildlife Conservation, American Forests, Sea Kayaker, Sierra, Mother Earth News, Shaman's Drum, Campus Life, America, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Florida Naturalist, Florida Sportsman, Tallahassee Magazine, Florida Wildlife and several others. He has won two national writing awards for his magazine features and several Florida writing competitions.

In addition to newspaper and magazine articles, Doug has authored several books including America's AlligatorA New Guide to Old  Florida Attractions, Wild Florida Adventures, Simon's Wondrous Garden, The Great Florida Seminole Trail, Wild Florida Waters, Waters Less Traveled, The Ghost Orchid Ghost and Other Tales From the Swamp, The Vision Keepers: Walking For Native Americans and the Earth, New Dawn for the Kissimmee River, Encounters with Florida's Endangered Wildlife and Seminole Freedom.

Doug is the former associate editor of Florida Wildlife magazine, and he edited A Florida Wildlife Anthology: 1947-2003. Doug has also worked as a lobbyist for several environmental groups and as a naturalist for the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science. In between jobs, he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, coordinated a group walk across the United States, and he backpacked across Europe.

Doug worked for the Florida Office of Greenways and Trails for more than 15 years. In that job, he scouted the 1,515-mile  Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, coordinated the state paddling trails system and served as assistant bureau chief. In 2015, Paddle Florida awarded him their first ever Environmental Leadership Award. He is currently the Outreach and Advocacy Director for the Apalachicola Riverkeeper.  

He lives south of Tallahassee with his wife, Cyndi, and adult daughter, Cheyenne.

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Doug taking photos on the Ichetucknee