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University to plant new trees if current oaks do not survive

AUBURN – The tradition of rolling Auburn’s oaks will continue even if the trees do not survive being poisoned in 2010. President Jay Gogue this week accepted the recommendation of the Committee to Study the Future of Rolling Toomer’s Corner, which proposed replacing the troubled oaks—should they die—with one or more large trees and using a temporary structure to celebrate victories until the new trees have established roots.

Auburn horticulture and forestry experts will evaluate the current oaks this spring. They are not expected to survive. Development of a timetable to replace them is under way.

“It’s a bittersweet moment for those of us who love Auburn,” said Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs and committee chair. “We dearly love the live oaks that have served us well for so long, but we now must focus on creating an environment that future generations can enjoy.”

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