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


  • Season of harvest

    November 5, 2015 | Choosing the right season to harvest your timber can be critical, make sure you know the righ choice for your forest.

  • Wood heat

    November 2, 2015 | Commercial, institutional, and residential thermal demands can be met by selecting one of several advanced heating systems. These systems can be cost competitive with natural gas and will certainly out-compete propane and fuel oil.

  • Honeydew fluid comes from sap sucking inscets

    September 4, 2015 | Honeydew is a sugar-laden fluid excreted by certain plant-sucking insects. When these populations build-up, sticky honeydew may drip on nearly everything outdoors.

  • Got timber?

    September 4, 2015 | Things to consider when thinking about selling timber.

  • Does it get any cleaner

    August 6, 2015 | Wood energy, an efficient and affordable technology, is one of the most environmentally-friendly energy sources at our disposal. It is renewable and sustainable, but it’s locally-sourced and contributes to the heating and cooling sector.

  • Carrying capacity

    August 5, 2015 | The term carrying capacity, applied to a wildlife population, can invoke a cascade of values, selected science, and controversy. Teasing apart the elements of acrimony is an exercise in critical thinking.

  • Select cutting selects what?

    July 8, 2015 | Is partial cutting the best way to employ a timber harvest?

  • What’s up with the trees?

    July 7, 2015 | Forest owners can help diagnose pests in their woodlands by collecting some basic information for forest health experts and, if necessary, providing useful samples.

  • Beyond stumpage

    June 19, 2015 | Stumpage is the dollar value of standing trees. This value represents the first financial benchmark in the forest product supply chain. Stumpage values incorporate numerous variables that make “standard” pricing difficult.

  • Meet the maple nemesis: The Asian long-horned beetle

    June 17, 2015 | The Asian long-horned beetle has the potential to inflict forest damage in epic proportions.

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