FVSU Extension Engineer Conducts Feasibility Study on Processing Wood Pellets from Beetle-Infested Loblolly Pine Trees in Georgia

Georgia is the nation’s leader in forestry, wood fuel, and pellet export. However, insect damage from Southern Pine Beetles (SPB) creates a significant loss in production. This infestation can effectively girdle a tree, causing its death. Fort Valley State University (FVSU) is using aerial drones to monitor and evaluate SPB outbreaks in Loblolly pine trees. Researchers will also evaluate heat spikes and vegetation loss associated with SPB will be evaluated as well as fuel analyses and pelletization quality.