The Passing of a Legend: Les Alderman
With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Leslie (Les) David Alderman Jr. (Fort Myers, Florida), who passed away on March 16, 2023 at the age of 78.
Les was a pioneer for the protection of Panthers in Southwest Florida, and paved a way to restore thousands of acres for panther habitat. He was a sweet soul who always asked about the family! Last year, he discovered that he had a brain tumor; and the cancer spread quickly.
Les was a graduate horticulturist with extensive post graduate work. A pioneer in the wetlands and conservation mitigation banking business in Florida. He permitted three large wetland mitigation banks with extensive Threatened and Endangered Species habitat components. He and his brother James permitted the first conservation bank in Florida.
Leslie served 20 years as an Operations Officer for the United States Air Force, where he was a flight commander and instructor.