Known from three general localities in Eddy County, New Mexico. The total area occupied is about 89 ha. The populations appear to be stable. However, the habitat is subject to potential energy development and gypsum mining. Other threats include ORV traffic and grazing.
Habitat destruction through mineral extraction of gypsum, oil, and gas.
Surface disturbances such as off-road vehicle use, camping, and plant collection.
Each population of E. gypsophilum contains between 11,000 and 18,000 plants (USFWS).
Research has been carried out by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in New Mexico. A recovery plan for E. gypsophilum was applied in 1984, with a recent 5-year review published in 2007 (referenced throughout this profile as ""USFWS""). Further research outside governmental agencies is unknown.
USFWS reports that the federal regulatory mechanisms have been effective in removing or managing many of the threats to E. gypsophilum. These include the Special Management Area Restrictions which limit surface occupancy for all three areas. As a result of this, they recommend the delisting of the threatened status. The report notes some obscurity as to whether these restrictions will continue after the species is delisted.
Ensure continued federal protection under Special Management Area Restrictions, even after the species is delisted from the threatened and endangered list.
Past ex situ work has been carried out for this species, and as such further work is not recommended.
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