“Toomer’s Tree Hug” rally may do more harm than good, says professor

A rally planned to celebrate the dying Toomer’s oaks this Saturday may do more harm than good according to the Emotional Agronomist, Stephen Enloe, an Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Soils at Auburn University.

When told about “Toomer’s Tree Hug,” a Facebook event page created yesterday following news that the iconic oaks were purposefully poisoned and which currently boasts more than 6,000 “attendees,” Enloe seemed concerned.

Enloe joked that he couldn’t comment on the scientific efficacy of actually hugging the trees, “but to be honest with you, the less impact below there right now would be the best thing for them.”

Does a crowd of six thousand grieving Auburn fans armed with toilet paper count as a significant impact?

“I wouldn’t want 100 people stomping around the base of those trees to be honest with you,” Enloe said. “I don’t think that’s a great idea.”


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