Toomer's Oaks Coming Down

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Auburn University

Crews work to remove toilet paper from one of two poisoned oak trees before spraying the leaves with a coating at Toomer's Corner in Auburn, Ala.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn University's poisoned oak trees will soon come down, bringing an end to an era and a drastic change to the landscape.

Crews on Tuesday morning began removing the limbs of the landmark oaks, one by one. The trees are all but dead after being poisoned by a rabid fan of the University of Alabama.

Harvey Updyke Jr. is serving a jail term after pleading guilty to spiking the oaks with a powerful herbicide, and experts say they can't be saved.

So workers will use chainsaws and heavy equipment to remove what's left of the once-lush hardwoods at Toomer's Corner.

Auburn fans traditionally roll the trees with toilet paper after a big victory, and tens of thousands rolled the trees after the spring football game last Saturday.


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