Auburn planning to replace poisoned oak trees

Auburn University is laying out a plan for replacing the landmark oak trees that were poisoned at Toomer's Corner. A new report issued by the school says the trees' long-term outlook isn't good. It says bare branches will continue to die, leaving the trees "aesthetically dead if not actually dead."

The study says a preservation committee will make a report to the university's president soon on whether to continue trying to save the trees or to replace them. It says the replacement process wouldn't begin for six months at the earliest, and it could be as far as 18 months away.

The trees will likely be replaced with overcup oaks, a type of slow-growing white oak.