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


  • Tree identification

    November 28, 2016 | Although most of the leaves have fallen, the dormant season can be the easiest time to identify trees with a bit of practice.

  • Autumn inspections

    November 28, 2016 | Fall is a good time to inspect a tree for insect borer holes and other damage. With a wet fall, many tree fungi are producing good crops of fruiting bodies, which flag rot pockets inside trees.

  • Why cut down a tree?

    October 21, 2016 | Wood is the most renewable and environmentally-friendly raw material at our disposal. Harvesting wood requires the cutting of trees. Timber harvest meets a wide range of forest objectives beyond just wood.

  • Logging and the English Language

    August 29, 2016 | Some of the ways in which we describe timber harvesting go back over a hundred years. Since then, meanings for some of the words have been lost.

  • 2016 Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass Conference and Expo

    August 29, 2016 | Heating and cooling, or thermal energy, is often left out of discussions about renewable energy and alternatives to fossil fuels. Yet, about 40 percent of Michigan’s energy use is for thermal applications. Attend this conference to learn more!

  • Persistence of oak wilt

    August 29, 2016 | Oak wilt is one of the more pernicious exotic forest diseases currently affecting Michigan forests. It spreads easily, often with the help of people, and remains in an oak stand until all the oaks are dead.

  • Let the forest grow?

    August 29, 2016 | Simple questions sometimes have rather complicated answers, and there may actually be several answers or potential outcomes. Forest management is this way, with answers that incorporate far more than just trees or even forests.

  • What’s new at this year’s Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass Conference and Expo

    July 20, 2016 | Building on the sustainable communities theme, attendees will learn about new biomass technologies.

  • Heating the Midwest conference coming to Michigan

    June 6, 2016 | Using sustainable wood product alternatives is a clean, efficient, and local way to heat and cool many of our buildings. Technologies are relatively simple and, in some regions, have proven to be an important economic driver.

  • Harvest readiness

    May 23, 2016 | Timber harvest provides an essential set of raw materials to society. Tree selection, timing, practices, and purpose behind harvesting are critical elements in forest sustainability. But, when is a forest ready for harvest?

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