What is the Habitat Management Plan?
The Habitat Management Plan (HMP) was developed by the city, in cooperation with federal and state wildlife agencies, to preserve and protect sensitive biological resources within the city while allowing for continued economic development.
The purpose of the plan is to guide the design, management, monitoring, and public use of the natural open space preserve system within the City of Carlsbad. The HMP is part of a regional planning effort to create an interconnected system of open space lands that will function at the ecosystem level. The HMP constitutes the city’s subarea (city-specific) plan within the Multiple Habitat Conservation Program (MHCP) Subregional Plan for north coastal San Diego County.
- The HMP protects rare and endangered plant and animal species and their habitats.
- The planning process protects natural vegetation communities and sensitive species at an ecosystem scale rather than on a project-by-project basis. Project-by-project planning often results in the conservation of smaller parcels of disconnected habitat, while ecosystem planning results in the preservation of larger blocks of habitat that are connected by wildlife movement corridors and habitat linkages.
- The HMP ensures the permanent management and monitoring of preserve lands.