February 17th, 2011 03:04 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Auburn
Tags: AU, Stephen Enloe, Toomer Corner
Auburn professor Stephen Enloe became choked up during today’s press conference to discuss the poisoning of Toomer’s Corner’s famous oak trees.
Asked if the trees would survive, Enloe said, “It’s an emotional question. I always want to hold out hope. But based on the technical experts I consulted around the country, the concentration of Spike basically found in the soil would suggest there is a very low probability.”
Spike is the herbicide used — allegedly — by Harvey “Al from Dadeville” Updyke to attack the trees.
In addition, The Birmingham News reports that AU has no plan yet to replace the trees at Toomer’s Corner. The poison used will likely remain in the soil for three to five years and obviously that could impact Auburn’s options.
Some AU officials are also concerned that the poison will impact other trees and shrubs in the area, not just the oaks.
|Post Comments »||Comments (5)|