Toomer’s Task Force head honcho Dr. Gary Keever and other experts in Auburn’s departments of horticulture and agronomy (including our old friend the Emotional Agronomist) took a trip up to the canopy of the Toomer’s Oaks early Wednesday morning. What did they find? Sizable, dead branches—so sizable and so dead they’ll have to be removed so they won’t fall on folks walking past the trees. But they also found life. And they expect to find more in the spring.
“There are also many new live shoots forming, new leaves developing that aren’t showing any signs of herbicide poisoning,” Keever said. Which is a good thing, just not good enough for Keever to change his prognosis.
TV reporter: “You know, we’d reported that the trees will most likely die… can we change that lead-in sentence tonight?”
Keever: “I don’t think so. Not at this point.”
Still, Keever says the good news from this morning’s findings outweighs the bad.
“If you look at our alternative, if we didn’t have this new flush of growth on the trees right now, they’d essentially be dead,” he said. “We’re not out of the woods. We’re not clear of the herbicide. But it is is encouraging that we’re seeing as much new growth in the trees that we are seeing and that it’s not showing signs of poisoning yet.”
Last week, TWER reported that even if the oaks might still be replaced even if they’re never declared dead.
You can watch this morning’s press conference in its entirety below:
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