Toomer's Corner Trees
Auburn University trustees have adopted a redevelopment plan. And topping their "to do" list is the replanting of the oak trees at Toomer's Corner. Work will begin this spring to replace soil that was contaminated when a University of Alabama fan poisoned the trees with a powerful herbicide. Officials plan to plant the new trees in early 2015. Those trees will replace the ones that died after being poisoned by Harvey Updyke, who pleaded guilty and served time in jail for the poisoning. Updyke has been ordered to pay almost eight-hundred-thousand dollars in restitution. Officials expect the first phase of the project to cost about nine-hundred-thousand dollars.