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


  • Wood energy plantations

    June 19, 2013 | Accelerated growth and local proximity are potential great advantages in wood energy trends.

  • Forest industry values

    June 4, 2013 | The Great Lake States grow far more wood than what is harvested each year, contributing to decades-long inventory increases. The choices, by society, about what to do with this growing inventory, involve issues beyond forestry and forest industry.

  • Of woods and woodcocks

    May 5, 2013 | Woodcocks are a wonderful signal of the arrival of spring in northern Michigan, but habitat loss is threatening the bird's survival.

  • The important role of photosynthesis

    April 9, 2013 | Photosynthesis is not just about oxygen production it is also about energy production.

  • How do trees survive in the winter?

    March 9, 2013 | Adaptations allow Michigan trees to survive cold winter season.

  • Understanding timber sales and tax liability

    March 9, 2013 | While selling timber might be a once-in-a-lifetime event, you should understand how best to minimize the resulting tax liablity.

  • Enjoy the Michigan forestry auto tour

    February 5, 2013 | Foresters groups aims to raise awarness of the diversity, importance of state's forests.

  • What is good habitat? What is bad habitat?

    February 5, 2013 | Human preference typically overrides science-based factors in habitat evaluation. All forest management practices have both positive and negative habitat impacts, depending on the wildlife considered.

  • Timber sale success: Insights to consider

    January 14, 2013 | Explore advice that will help you avoid an unsuccessful timber sale as well as options available to you if it does goes wrong.

  • In the aftermath of oak wilt

    January 8, 2013 | Oak wilt is a common disease that decimates oak woodlands, but it's not the end of the forest. Perhaps, it's a set of opportunities for a whole new forest type?

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