The KBRA does describe the development of conservation programs that would provide “regulatory assurances” for farmers and ranchers who elect to participate. This does not mean changing or rolling back the ESA.
It means using the existing provisions for Habitat Conservation Plans and General Conservation Plans in section 7 of the Act to relieve landowners from “takings” provisions when they commit to significant restoration actions as contemplated in the KBRA. Since so much key salmon habitat is in private hands or controlled by farmers and ranchers, productive partnerships with the agricultural community are essential to long-term restoration. More details on ESA and the Agreements.