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General Information

Name:  Joe Wilkins  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Wilkins lives in Pleasant Plains.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joe Wilkins served as an Air Force officer and is a Vietnam combat veteran. He is currently a Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Springfield, and has been a guest lecturer at many prestigious schools including the Sorbonne in Paris, France. After retiring from his teaching and military careers, he began volunteering as a Backcountry Patroller for the National Park Service at the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

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Titles At Your Library

Gates of the Arctic National Park: Twelve Years of Wilderness Exploration
ISBN: 161254973X

Brown Books Publishing Group. 2018

Joe Wilkins has now accumulated more than half a century of experience in the wilds of northern Alaska since receiving training in arctic wilderness survival in 1966.

During the 1970s he began hiking, backpacking and camping in the region which,

in 1980, was officially designated Gates of the Arctic National Park. A complex land of breathtaking contrasts, this frontier is exceptional in no other region in North America does it get colder, darker, or wilder. Its remote beauty and extensive human history imbue the land with an elemental and visceral sense of inspiration for those who visit. Gates of the Arctic National Park: Twelve Years of Wilderness Exploration

provides thorough, accurate and detailed information about Gates of the Arctic National Park along with a collection of Wilkins' own personal photographs. Wilkins has created a definitive, perennial book about one of the country's most enchanting national parks that will stand the test of time.

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