Group tours Saloom farm to learn about longleaf pines
By By Lisa Tindell
In the midst of more than 1,700 acres of pine trees landowners, tree farmers and wildlife enthusiasts were treated to a day filled with education and encouragement to increase the production of longleaf pines.
On property in Conecuh County owned by Dr. Salem Saloom and his family, presenters stationed at points across the acreage informed more than 200 in attendance about the benefits of planting the trees that are native to south Alabama.
Saloom said the project being undertaken on the property is one that began many years ago and has become the award-winning tree farm visitors enjoy today.
Saloom, whose property has been named Alabama Tree Farm of the Year and nominated as a regional contestant for the honor, said planting longleaf pines came about after one of Mother Nature’s most destructive storms in the area in recent memory.
Saloom said he enjoys having the property toured by visitors in an effort to educate interested landowners about the potential benefits of growing longleaf pines.
Saloom received praise throughout the day from professionals on hand at the event.
Luke Lewis, biologist with the National Wild Turkey Federation, said Saloom’s property was a prime example of how nature can be balanced for vegetation and wildlife.
Madeline Hildreth with the Alabama Forestry Commission’s Escambia County also praised Saloom for the work being accomplished on his property.
That showplace has earned Saloom and his family high praise from many professionals and has put them in line to receive regional and national recognition for their work. Saloom said he appreciates the honors but he is happy to share the beauty with others.
Presenters throughout the morning-long event included officials and experts from various organization including Southern Company, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Alabama Forestry Commission, Alabama Forestry Association, Tree Farm, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Treasure Forest Association.