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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.”
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.
AUBURN – The Auburn University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department has collected for archival preservation items that were placed at the base of the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner following the news that the trees had been poisoned.
The collection will be on display in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library beginning Tuesday, April 12, through A-Day weekend, April 16-17, during regular library hours. The library opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays and remains open continuously until 6 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.