Auburn University Toomer's Corner oak trees

Business & Education
7:35 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Crews to Install Wires to Temporarily Replace Oaks

The poisoned oak trees at Toomer's Corner were removed earlier this year.

Auburn University officials say crews will begin installing wires that will temporarily replace poisoned oak trees that were cut down and removed from campus.

   The Opelika-Auburn News ( ) reports that Auburn city crews will begin installing the wires at Toomer's Corner on Tuesday. School officials say the wires will be strung along three poles and will form a "V" over the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and College Street.

Arts & Life
10:38 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Auburn Seeks Input on Future of Toomer's Corner

Toomer's Corner after Auburn won the BCS Championship. Alabama fan Harvey Updyke is awaiting trial after being accused of poisoning the oak trees in 2010.

Auburn University is seeking input from students, faculty and residents on what Toomer's Corner should look like if the iconic oak trees have to be destroyed after they were poisoned.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports ( that feedback is being sought in the form of an online survey from now until Jan. 18.

Dan King, assistant vice president for Auburn's facilities department, says officials at the university are being proactive in developing a future plan in the event that the trees must be taken down.

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Arts & Life
8:35 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Auburn Says Fire Damage Weakening Toomer's Oaks

Auburn University's landmark oak trees at Toomer's Corner.

A new report from Auburn University says the fire that damaged the oak trees at Toomer's Corner will make the trees even weaker than they were beforehand.

A study released on Monday says the trees already were in what it calls a "severe state of decline" from being poisoned.

The report says flames that severely damaged the trees on Nov. 18 will only worsen their condition.

It says damage will likely leave the trees without foliage all winter, reducing photosynthesis to even lower levels. That's important because plants use photosynthesis to survive.

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