AUBURN– Auburn University’s Toomer’s Oaks Seedlings program will be featured on ESPNU’s “SEC Weekly” television show on Wednesday, June 15, at 6 p.m.
In 2002, Auburn University students began collecting acorns from the Toomer’s Oaks in order to grow seedlings from the beloved trees. Many of the seedlings from the acorns were planted in an orchard, while others have been sold to Auburn alumni and fans alike.
Each fall since, students in the Forestry Club, Wildlife Society and Xi Sigma Pi forestry honor society have used a lift cart to collect acorns at Toomer’s Corner, grow the seedlings in a greenhouse and sell them to alumni and fans around the country. More than 2,000 of the baby Toomer’s Oaks have been sold over the years.
After the poisoning of the Toomer’s Oaks, demand for the seedlings increased dramatically, and more national attention was turned toward the project.
The profits from the program also benefit the Toomer’s Endowed Scholarship Program for forestry students.
To learn more about the seedlings program and how you can enter the lottery to purchase one, go to https://sites.auburn.edu/academic/sfws/oaks/Pages/About-the-Project.aspx.
(Contributed by Katie Horn)