A biodiversity plan is a type of open space plan that defines and protects different types of habitats and their connecting corridors for different species of federal, state, or local importance, interest, or concern.
As with open space plans, a biodiversity plan can guide current and future growth to areas of a community that will have a smaller impact on important species of plants and animals and the plan can also identify areas of a community that ought to be acquired or managed to protect and buffer the species' habitats and their connecting corridors.
The service of a wildlife biologist or ecologist will usually be required to develop a biodiversity plan. It is sometimes difficult and expensive to identify important species, their habitats and their movement corridors.
Example 1: Ohio
Description: Ohio Balanced Growth Program
Example 2: Schaumburg, Illinois
Description: The Biodiversity Plan for the city of Schaumburg, published in 2004.
Example 3: Chicago, IL
Description: A Biodiversity Recovery Plan for the wilderness areas of the Chicago region.