Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement

The Forum has developed a Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement (PSHA) for landowners within or adjacent to the Sacramento River Conservation Area (view map).

The primary goal of the PSHA is to reduce the uncertainty of future land management options for private landowners with existing or potential endangered species habitat. It is meant to remove regulatory disincentives that currently prevent landowners from carrying out actions that may benefit species in the riparian ecosystem. Under this agreement, the fear of attracting new wildlife onto private properties is eliminated, thus providing security for the landowner's investments while improving conditions for wildlife, resulting in a "win-win" situation.

What this program does for landowners:

  • Authorizes incidental take of species covered under the agreement for lawful ongoing activities. (e.g. farming, levee maintenance)
  • Provides assurances against additional future regulatory restrictions due to the presence of species covered by the agreement.
  • Authorizes the landowner to return to pre-agreement conditions.
  • Provides for extending assurances to neighboring landowners.


  • Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement (PSHA) (PDF)
  • Forum Resolution No 2011-02 and Board Administrative Policy (PDF)
  • Forum Board Resolution No 2013-01 (Authorization to execute the PSHA) (PDF)

For questions or more information, contact:
Jane Dolan
Executive Director (Sacramento River Forum)
Phone: (530) 528-7411
Fax: (530) 529-7322
Email: jane@riverforum

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