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


  • Frogs and toads’ songs of spring

    May 16, 2018 | Spring can be a noisy time in the natural world because the battles for territory and mates is often won or lost on voice.

  • Understanding oak wilt

    May 7, 2018 | ‘Tis the season to avoid injuring oak trees. Wounds attract sap-feeding beetles that may carry spores from the oak wilt fungus.

  • Ten forest myths

    April 2, 2018 | Forests, forestry and the forest industry are among the most environmentally friendly of human activities, contrary to common perspectives.

  • Fast Money

    March 29, 2018 | How much money is that big tree worth? Most likely a lot less than you think.

  • Tattle taling on exotic species can show that you care

    March 8, 2018 | Reporting exotic species observations is a good practice, even though many of us are reluctant to do so. Increased knowledge, for the both the reporter and the recipient, may be the greatest benefit.

  • Wildlife Habitat

    February 14, 2018 | Habitat is a warm, fuzzy idea. However, specific management practices have important aspects that are not necessarily so. What makes a good woodland habitat?

  • Forestry Conference

    February 14, 2018 | The fourteenth annual Sustainable Forestry Conference will be held on April 19 in Florence, Wisconsin. All interested in forestry are invited to attend.

  • Low-grade wood

    January 31, 2018 | Much of the Michigan forest consists of low-grade trees which are usually selected for harvest to improve the forest for a variety of reasons. However, without markets for low quality wood, forests will suffer.

  • Finding Seedlings

    January 22, 2018 | Winter is time to buy tree seedlings and wildlife shrubs from Conservation Districts, the most available suppliers in Michigan.

  • Counting trees

    December 8, 2017 | Michigan forests are growing older with larger trees covering more acres according to inventory statistics that reveal a dynamic and ever-changing resource.

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