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University Spokesperson Mike Clardy says the removal of the trees will take about 2 or 3 hours. The pieces of the trees will be made into mementos and sold at area merchants, Clardy says. The school will announce official plans for those sales on its website the week of April 29. All proceeds will benefit student scholarships.

Additionally, Clardy says two poles will be erected in the trees place so that fans can continue the rolling tradition. The school plans a new design for the Samford Park area in 2014, which includes planting two new oak tree replacements.

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UPDATE--Famed trees are scheduled to be removed 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Auburn families and current and former students said goodbye Monday to the famed oak trees at Toomer's Corner. The trees were poisoned more than two years ago, and are scheduled to be removed Tuesday morning.

Many fans describe the weekend's final rolling of the trees as well as the night before the trees' removal as sad but also celebratory. Auburn University graduate Chuck Riddle says the experience brought the entire community together.

"It re-energized the whole tradition of Toomer's Corner. Everybody turned a sad situation into something positive, and I think it is just going to keep going," Riddle says.

The University unveiled a plan Saturday that will re-design the Samford Park area. The plan includes replacing the oak trees in 2014.

The tradition of rolling the oak spans more than four decades. Longtime Alabama fan Harvey Updyke Jr. pleaded guilty to poisoning the trees.

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