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An analysis of Toomer's Oaks has revealed the trees were as old as 85 years when they were removed last month after being poisoned by a University of Alabama fan.
The Opelika-Auburn News reports Auburn University horticulturist Gary Keever and Brian Via, an associate professor in AU's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, made the determination last week after counting the tree's growth rings. The full article can be seen here, http://bit.ly/11VQget.
Keever says the wood has been taken to a location where it is irrigated to keep it from drying out while a use is determined. Meanwhile, items made from wood collected from earlier pruning are being sold to university-licensed manufacturers, with royalties funding scholarships.
Keever says his hope is a section of wood will be displayed on campus.