Bill Cook


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Office: 906-786-1575 (Escanaba) Residential tree questions? Call 1-888-678-3464 (Master Gardener Hotline)
Forest Biomass Innovation Center
6005 J Road
Escanaba, MI 49829



Forester and wildlife biologist. Located at the MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center near Escanaba (Upper Peninsula).  I can provide information to people but not site visits.  Areas of expertise include forest ecology, forest health, forest management, timber sales, contacts and referrals, and other topics related to forests and forest habitat.  My knowledge of urban forestry and arboriculture is limited.  If you have questions about residential trees/shrubs occur, I recommend contacting an urban forester or arborist, or MSU Extension’s Master Gardener Hotline at 1-888-678-3464 or the Gardening in Michigan website


  • Home heating devices

    October 18, 2017 | Forests have huge potential to help supply Michigan with heat and perhaps power. However, providing heating and cooling is the low-hanging fruit. A wide range of appliances help serve these purposes.

  • Autumn leaf discoloration

    September 15, 2017 | Broad-leaved trees often host late season leaf discoloration. The cooler and wetter growing season favors the growth of common leaf fungi.

  • Heating and wood

    September 15, 2017 | As the colder season approaches, some buildings are less prepared than others. Wood-based products, such as chips or pellets, can be viable alternatives to new fossil fuel furnaces and boilers.

  • Michigan Forest Association supports interests of woodland owners

    August 1, 2017 | The largest share of Michigan’s forest area is owned by individuals. Some of these individuals belong to an association dedicated to the care of these woodlands, and their owners.

  • Woodland ownership programs

    August 1, 2017 | Mining forestry program benefits begins with better understanding the goals of ownership.

  • Logging slash

    July 5, 2017 | Slash is logging debris left in the forest after a harvest. Sometimes it is called logging residue. Slash can serve a range of purposes.

  • Bugs of summer

    July 5, 2017 | Forest pests enjoy the summer growing season as much as the trees and the wildlife that rear their young. People may notice some of these pests during vacations or, perhaps, on their own woodlands.

  • Oak wilt: what to know about the fungal disease

    June 14, 2017 | Oak wilt is a fungal disease that spreads during the summer. Prevention is better than treatment. Avoid wounding oaks from mid-April through mid-July.

  • Forest exotics: there are many, but some are more dangerous than others

    June 14, 2017 | Forests need our help monitoring for exotic invasive species.

  • Forest heroes: it begins with logging

    June 14, 2017 | Every material thing we use begins with extraction of natural resources and ends with disposal. The only truly renewable and sustainable raw material is wood and that begins with logging.

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