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

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    PAD-US GIS data supports economic development, recreation, health, biodiversity, and many other uses

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

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


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    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 Program.

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

How PAD-US is Being Used

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    Forest Management is More Effective with PAD-US

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    Many Views of PAD-US

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    Collaborative Conservation in the Carribean

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    Habitat Connectivity with Shifting Climate

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    Planning for Development and Wildlife

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    Supporting Global Conservation