AUBURN, Ala. —
Auburn University's poisoned oak trees will soon come down, bringing an end to an era and a drastic change to the landscape.
Crews on Tuesday morning began removing the limbs of the landmark oaks, one by one. The trees are all but dead after being poisoned by a rabid fan of the University of Alabama.
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.
So workers will use chainsaws and heavy equipment to remove what's left of the once-lush hardwoods at Toomer's Corner.
Auburn fans traditionally roll the trees with toilet paper after a big victory, and tens of thousands rolled the trees after the spring football game last Saturday.