AU officials: No plans yet to replace burned Toomer’s oak - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

AU officials: No plans yet to replace burned Toomer’s oak

A photo of the burned tree taken the morning after it was set on fire (Source: Rosanna Smith / WSFA) A photo of the burned tree taken the morning after it was set on fire (Source: Rosanna Smith / WSFA)
AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Officials with Auburn University say they have not made any definitive plans yet regarding the future of the severely burned oak tree at Toomer's Corner. 

The Magnolia Avenue tree was set on fire in the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 25 after the Auburn-LSU football game.

Mike Clardy, Interim Assistant Vice President and Director of the university’s Office of Communications and Marketing, said there is no plan in the works to replace the tree just yet.

Horticulture professor Gary Keever released the following statement about the tree’s condition:

“Our message to the Auburn Family about the Magnolia Avenue tree remains the same as from the outset, that it is severely damaged from the Sept. 25 fire. We have conducted three assessments of its health, the most recent one showing 60-70 percent of the tree’s canopy is dead. A few new leaves have formed on some of the live branches, however, this does not indicate additional growth will occur or that those branches will be alive in the spring. Although the outlook is not promising, Auburn is doing everything possible to save the tree. We will continue to monitor the tree and provide updates as they become available.”

Jochen Wiest, the suspect accused of intentionally lighting the tree on fire, is being charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a felony, in addition to the desecration of a venerated object and public intoxication charges. His case was sent to a grand jury on Oct. 19

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more details. 

Copyright WTVM 2016. All rights reserved.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Auburn names new city manager

    Auburn names new city manager

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 5:02 PM EDT2017-08-16 21:02:52 GMT
    (Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)

    The search for a new city manager comes to an end. Auburn City Council members agreed to make Interim City Manager James Buston the new manager for the city Tuesday night.

    More >>

    The search for a new city manager comes to an end. Auburn City Council members agreed to make Interim City Manager James Buston the new manager for the city Tuesday night.

    More >>
  • Parents react to shooting in Columbus school zone

    Parents react to shooting in Columbus school zone

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 8:04 PM EDT2017-08-17 00:04:05 GMT
    (Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)

    A shooting in East Columbus has landed one teen in the hospital, one person behind bars, and parents at multiple schools alarmed. One of the latest to happen in Columbus, taking place Tuesday afternoon off Amber Drive during school safety zone hours. 

    More >>

    A shooting in East Columbus has landed one teen in the hospital, one person behind bars, and parents at multiple schools alarmed. One of the latest to happen in Columbus, taking place Tuesday afternoon off Amber Drive during school safety zone hours. 

    More >>
  • PAWS Humane hosts flash adoption special

    PAWS Humane hosts flash adoption special

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 6:55 PM EDT2017-08-16 22:55:19 GMT
    (Source: PAWS Humane Society)(Source: PAWS Humane Society)

    If you are looking to get a new furry friend for your family, PAWS Humane is hosting a flash adoption special.

    More >>

    If you are looking to get a new furry friend for your family, PAWS Humane is hosting a flash adoption special.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly