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


  • Food chains

    April 11, 2016 | We can’t always see important structures that underpin our society and economy. Taking jargon from basic ecology, producers and consumers, forestry would stake territory among the producers, where it’s not always pretty, but it’s essential.

  • Oak wilt disease

    April 11, 2016 | Mid-April to mid-July is the season to avoid wounding oaks. Oak wilt is an exotic disease causing increased levels of mortality in Michigan. Once in an oak stand, the disease will kill most of the oaks and treatment is expensive.

  • Uphill battles

    March 8, 2016 | Wood-based district energy grids and wood-based home/commercial heating are the lowest hanging fruits on the renewable energy tree. Michigan offers huge potential to benefit thousands of citizens, hundreds of businesses, communities and the environment.

  • Forest sustainability

    February 4, 2016 | The concept of sustainability increasingly appears in discussions about natural resources, forests in particular. While the concept of sustainability is far from new, the ways in which it has been defined and applied has evolved over time.

  • Seeking foresters

    February 3, 2016 | Foresters provide valuable expertise in maintaining forest health, forest industry, and all the other goods and services that forests provide. Management is the key. However, foresters come in many breeds.

  • Thousand cankers disease

    January 19, 2016 | Michigan black walnuts are threatened by the thousands cankers disease, although the disease is not yet present in the state .There are few black walnuts, but they are important and valuable component of many woodlots and cities in the southern counties.

  • Asian long-horned beetle

    January 14, 2016 | The Asian long-horned beetle is one of those exotic species that can be serious forest game-changers. It’s in North American but not yet in Michigan. Anyone interested in forests should keep an eye out for this insect.

  • Hemlock woolly adelgid

    January 12, 2016 | The hemlock woolly adelgid has caused high mortality among eastern hemlock, making permanent changes to forests in many eastern states. The adelgid has reached Michigan several times but early detection has led to eradication.

  • How dense can you get?

    January 11, 2016 | Forest density is a critical measure that strongly affects forest health, plant composition, stand structure, and ecological function. Forest density is easily measured and can be managed.

  • Wood is warm

    December 4, 2015 | The potential for wood-based thermal energy in the upper Great Lakes states is huge. But it won’t happen overnight and there are many barriers. But others have come a long way. Maybe, we can, too.

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