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ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE

PROTECTION STATUS: Endangered

YEAR PLACED ON LIST: 1998

CRITICAL HABITAT: 14,069 acres in San Bernardino County, Calif., designated in 2011

RECOVERY PLAN: None

RANGE: Thirty thousand acres of California’s Mojave desert, mostly contained within the Fort Irwin Military Reservation

THREATS: Military tanks, off-road vehicles, recreational gold mining, increasing wildfire frequency and fire-suppression activities, and military vehicles trespassing onto Bureau of Land Management lands

POPULATION TREND: When the Lane Mountain milk vetch was listed under the Endangered Species Act, only 50 individuals were known. The U.S. Army has since performed field surveys, identifying approximately 5,000 individuals.

Photo by Mark Hessing, courtesy Wikimedia Commons