Toomer's Oaks condition steadily improving
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - The future of a tiger tradition is up in the air right now as Auburn University officials monitor the health of Toomer's Oaks.
Rolling Toomer's Oaks after a big Tiger win is a tradition on the Plains that was placed on hold this past football season.
In September 2016 the Magnolia Oak was burned following the Tigers defeating LSU and in February 2017, both trees were replaced. The College Street Oak failed to thrive in its new home and the trees were replaced again.
Auburn University Arborist Alex Hedgepath said that as of now, both trees seem to be doing well.
"They're in fair condition at this point. They're certainly not fully established to their new environment, but considering how large of trees they are and considering the move that they've made, I think they're doing pretty well," said Hedgepath. "The root development has been very good so we're hopeful. Right now we're just asking the fans to help us protect the trees by not rolling them. The university has been determined whether or not the trees will be strong enough to roll this fall but that decision will most likely be made later this summer."
University officials say that right now they are more concerned with the health of the trees' roots and will monitor moisture levels over the next few months.
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