AUBURN, AL (WAFF) - Work began Tuesday to remove the poisoned Toomer's Corner oaks.
Crews are working to remove the limbs of the trees Tuesday. The trunks of the trees will remain until after the football season when the new renovation project begins. That is when the old trees will be uprooted and new trees will be planted.
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.
Guards were stationed overnight at the oaks to prevent any rolling on Monday night. Officials wanted the limbs clear so that crews could make as little cuts as possible and preserved the limbs for mementos and keepsakes.
Crews began cutting limbs from the trees Tuesday at 7:23 a.m. They were placed in a truck to be removed from the site.
The university released a rendering of the new design for the area. The long-term plan is to plant new oak trees leading up to Samford Hall. That should happen next year. Until then, a series of poles and wires will allow fans to continue to roll the corner after Auburn wins.