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POTSDAM — Two donors have made Potsdam a little greener after giving a total of 30 trees to help the village restore its canopy and replace trees knocked down during the July 17 windstorm.

Last month, Gary S. Pecore, owner of Miller Farms Adirondack Market, Hopkinton, donated 10 sugar maple trees, which already have been planted in residential areas.

Last week, an anonymous donor gave the village enough money to purchase 20 more trees, which will be used to create a grove in Ives Park.

The donations came at a good time for Potsdam, which has long been looking to diversify and expand its arboreal canopy.

“We’ve been working on a program to replace mature trees that we are likely to lose in a storm, like the one we had in July,” said Planning and Development Director Frederick J. Hanss. “We’ve been working on this for several years, and this gift really put us over the top.”

Shade trees will be planted along the river and on Water Street. Mr. Hanss said the village will purchase a variety of species, such as red maples, white swamp oaks and locust trees, all of which are likely to thrive. This will ensure the survival of most trees, even if the village is hit with blight or an insect that targets a specific species.

Mature trees can range from $90 to $270; the village will buy mostly young trees for Ives Park.

Mr. Hanss said the generosity of the donations will be felt by residents for decades.

“You don’t really plant a tree for your own enjoyment. It’s something you do for the future,” he said.

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