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


  • 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.

  • 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.

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