Doug Alderson published his first magazine article at age 18 and he has been writing and taking professional photographs ever since. His articles and photographs have been featured in Wildlife Conservation, American Forests, Sierra, Mother Earth News, Campus Life, America, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Florida Naturalist, Florida Sportsman, Tallahassee Magazine, Florida Wildlife, and several others. In 1978, he won first place in a national travel-writing contest for college students. In 2003, Doug received a first-place national writing award from the Association of Conservation Information for a three-part article on the Everglades system.
He is the former associate editor of Florida Wildlife magazine and editor of A Florida Wildlife Anthology: 1947-2003. His chapter on the St. Marks River is part of the Between Two Rivers anthology, published by the Red Hills Writers Project in 2004. 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 has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, coordinated a walk across the United States from coast to coast, and backpacked across Europe.
Doug is currently the field director for the Florida Circumnavigation Saltwater Paddling Trail, a planned sea-kayaking trail around the entire state being coordinated by Florida's Office of Greenways and Trails. He is a member of the Heart of the Earth environmental council and he serves as a ceremonial leader at the White Earth Muskogee Creek Tribal Town.
In April 2007 Quest Books will release Doug’s latest work, The Vision Keepers: Walking for Native Americans and the Earth,which covers Doug's walks and experiences with Native American people. The University Press of Florida published Doug’s first book, Waters Less Traveled: Exploring Florida’s Big Bend Coast, in 2005. He lives south of Tallahassee with his wife, Cyndi, and daughter, Cheyenne. For more information on Doug and his work, visit him online at www.dougalderson.net firstname.lastname@example.org.