A Resource for the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US)
  • New report charts course for completing PAD-US inventory by 2020 – more in Vision

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    PAD-US data supports land use, conservation, health and other uses

  • PAD-US contains federal, state, regional and local fee-owned open space, plus easements

  • PAD-US data on urban parks can support recreation, health and social equity


  • Wilderness preservation for the U.S., North America and the world uses PAD-US data

The Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) is the official national inventory of
America’s parks and other protected lands, and is published by the USGS Gap Analysis Project.

ProtectedLands.net showcases uses of PAD-US and provides additional information about the data.

How PAD-US is Being Used

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    PAD-US Informs Economic Reports

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    Improving Federal Highway Data with PAD-US

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    PAD-US Helps Connect Trail Systems Nationally

  • Wildfire Management Uses PAD-US

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    New Federal Recreation Lands Poster

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    PAD-US and City/Regional Park Agencies