- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Work is underway to thin trees and other debris from the mountain sides that supply Santa Fe with its drinking water.

State officials say the restoration work will cover 80 acres at Hyde Memorial State Park.

Funding for the project comes from the U.S. Forest Service and is being implemented by New Mexico State Forestry’s Returning Heroes Program, which employs military veterans.

State Forester Tony Delfin says the project will complement the work already done on nearby national forest land. The area is considered at high risk for wildfire.

State Forestry is in the process of implementing 14 watershed restoration projects throughout the state. These projects were funded with a $6.2 million appropriation approved last year.

The work at Hyde park is expected to last through fall 2016.

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