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


  • 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.

  • Food chains

    December 2, 2015 | Natural resources provide all the material goods that we use. Forests provide wood, a renewable resource with minimal negative environment impacts when harvested in sustainable ways. Wood products use far less energy, emit far less carbon.

  • Dormant forests

    November 12, 2015 | One of the best tools to maintain forest health is knowledge. More “eyes” in the forest serves to help catch exotic invaders early and increases the chances of successful eradication.

  • Trees, needs and forestry

    November 10, 2015 | Learn how forest management can improve both tree health and forest health.

  • 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.

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