Auburn asks fans not to roll damaged Toomer's Corner trees
Auburn University is asking its fans not to take part in one of its most famous traditions during its homecoming game against Louisiana-Monroe this weekend.
The school wants fans to refrain from rolling the Auburn Oak at Toomer’s Corner alongside Magnolia Avenue that was intentionally set on fire last weekend while it observes the damages, according to oanow.com.
“There is little or no healthy foliage on the burnt tree. Most of the remaining leaves will drop off over the next week or so,” said Gary Keever, professor of horticulture. “We will have to wait until next spring to see what long-term effects the fire had.”
Fans have been asked to designate any rolling to the Auburn Oak along College Street. Keever told the website he will use a lift this week to closely examine the canopy of the tree.
“I don’t think the fire killed the tree, but we may never see it return to its appearance before this act,” he said.
Auburn will face Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.