The Auburn Toomer’s Corner tree that was burned after the Tigers defeated LSU last month will likely die.
According to Auburn’s student newspaper, The Plainsman, Interim Executive Director of Public Safety and Security Chance Corbett wrote in a letter to the Auburn Police Division that a horticulture professional predicts the burned Auburn Oak will likely die.
Jochen Wiest, the man who allegedly started the fire, was charged with felony criminal mischief, public intoxication and desecration of a venerable object. According to Corbett’s email, the damage to the tree will be approximately $15,000 to $20,000.
Read the letter below:
Chief Paul Register:
As a result of the fire that was intentionally set to one of the oak trees on university property at the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and South College Street, it is the professional opinion of Dr. Gary Keever, Professor of Horticulture, that the damaged tree will die and must be replaced. It is estimated that the cost to replace the damaged tree will be approximately $15,000 to $20,000.
Interim Executive Director
The Plainsman also stated that they received an email earlier Wednesday that said even though the tree has declined “significantly,” the school has no plans to remove it.
“The tree has declined significantly since the morning following the fire, with multiple branches in the canopy now dead,” Keever said to The Plainsman. “On the positive side, new leaves are forming on some of the live branches scattered through the canopy. We’ll continue to monitor the condition of the tree through fall and winter, but at this time, there are no plans to remove it.”