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


  • Among the trees

    November 4, 2013 | There are many plant forms living among the trees. Learning about these denizens can add greatly to forest appreciation.

  • Northern hardwoods

    October 7, 2013 | Northern hardwood forests are Michigan's most complicated, common and valuable forest type. Many variables dictate the type of management necessary to achieve a set of objectives.

  • Wood energy challenges

    September 3, 2013 | Renewable energy discussions often exclude wood as a feedstock. Yet, in many ways, wood has many advantages.

  • Degrees of alienation

    September 3, 2013 | Alien species displace native species and disrupt ecological processes. Alien species are also called non-native or exotic species. They are one of the greatest threats to regional forests.

  • Private forest lands

    July 31, 2013 | Private forests are a huge natural resource, often underutilized, sometimes badly managed, and with an increased rate of ownership turnover.

  • Changing forests

    July 31, 2013 | Climate changes will influence regional forests, but forests are slow to change and the changes are more difficult to monitor.

  • Wood energy technologies

    July 8, 2013 | Wood-based energy production will continue to be a major element in renewable energy strategies, especially in the northern Lake States region.

  • Burning on purpose

    July 8, 2013 | Fire has a rather practical and useful place under certain circumstances.

  • 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.

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