Carlsbad was the first city (and is still the only city) in North County to establish a Habitat Management Plan, or HMP, under the Endangered Species Act. An HMP is a scientific, comprehensive approach to preserving natural land for plant and animal species. It defines nature preserves that link with regional and statewide preserves to create a natural network where species can thrive. The Habitat Management Plan also assures that money is set aside to maintain these natural networks. We have added nearly 1,000 acres of this habitat in the past 10 years.
A habitat management plan is both a scientific blueprint for species preservation and a guide for what land can be developed. Setting aside land to assure the preservation of rare plants, birds and other animals enriches the quality of life for residents.