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CRESTWOOD, MO (KPLR) - Crestwood homeowner Eric Robertson finally had his questions answered about a tree that fell on Grant`s Trail and damaged his fence last week. Originally the City of Crestwood came in and moved the tree from the trial leaving behind piles of debris behind Robertson’s home. Robertson called News11 to find out know who was responsible for maintaining the trail and clean up. Calls were made and within 24 hours there was a change, some of the debris was removed and the tree was cut up into smaller pieces.

'I don`t know who cleaned it up I`m guessing it might be the city.' Said Robertson

News11 spoke with Great Rivers Greenway Communications Director Emma Klues who confirmed they manage the trail and the City of Crestwood maintains part of it. She also says the tree should stay exactly where it is to blend with the ecosystem.

'We want nature to take its course. The City of Crestwood maintains the trail 8 feet on either side they mow and take care of that area. The areas on either side are nature areas and open public land.' Said Klues

'I understand they want this to be a forest area but they don`t have to live with it in their back yard. I`m a little happier there's been an effort made. I`m hoping they come back to clean the rest of it but I guess it is what it is.' Robertson said

Robertson says he`s glad some of the tree was removed. As for Great Rivers Greenway we`re told if you have damage to your property from trees on the trail. Give them a call and they`ll pay for repairs. Grant`s Trail has more than 600,000 visitors every year.

'We won`t necessarily keep a perfectly manicured lawn we want to work with residents to make sure it`s a comfortable place for them to be.' Klue said

'It`s a start a step in the right direction.' He said

If you have a problem you can contact Great Rivers Greenway at 314-436-7009.