Lifted high into the trees’ canopies by a mechanical scaffold, Keever was able to inspect new growth that had been discovered.
Although optimistic about this new growth, he said he wasn’t going to back away from the prediction that the trees will most likely die.
Because of the unseasonable warm winter Auburn has experienced, the trees’ metabolisms have had to increase earlier in the season. This leafing is usually experienced later in the spring, Keever said.
He went on to say that the trees would undergo minor pruning to remove hazardous, dead limbs. The trees will continue to be observed throughout the spring, and Keever said this new growth shows that the trees still have foot, and are still alive. These signs of foliage bring hope that the trees might make it.
Keever is still considering different treatments that could be tried, such as sucrose injections in an attempt to replace some of the sugars in the trees and assist with photosynthesis.
In related news, a hearing in the case of Harvey Updyke (the man accused of poisoning the Toomer’s Oaks) is scheduled for today in order to discuss moving the trial out of the Lee County Circuit Court. Other motions will be discussed in this hearing as well.