Bill Cook

Educator

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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

Roles:

Bio:

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

Articles:

  • Counting trees

    December 8, 2017 | Michigan forests are growing older with larger trees covering more acres according to inventory statistics that reveal a dynamic and ever-changing resource.

  • Oak wilt and other wonders

    November 29, 2017 | Forests are under constant threat from current pests, and more pests are always on the horizon; forest owners and those interested in forests can help reduce negative impacts by learning about forest health issues.

  • Managing riparian forests

    November 13, 2017 | A range of human and ecological benefits come from managed forests and Michigan’s riparian forests are no exception, although these woodlands are too often left as “no management” buffer zones.

  • Home heating devices

    October 24, 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 this purpose.

  • 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.

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