The City of Carlsbad recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Habitat Management Plan, which has set aside almost 6,000 acres of natural open space since its establishment in 2004. The plan allows for the protection of endangered or threatened plants and animals and the enjoyment of rich nature preserves for the city’s residents. City of Carlsbad Senior Planner Mike Grim said, “The City of Carlsbad has a rich natural environment and is home to three lagoons, coastal sage scrub, oak woodlands, and other types of natural open space. The Habitat Management Plan is one reason Carlsbad is recognized as having some of the highest standards for open space in the entire region. [It is] a comprehensive biological approach to preserving natural land and creates a natural network where species can thrive.” Carlsbad remains the only city in North County San Diego with an approved habitat management plan.