A Resource for the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US)


PAD-US and Fed Lands Group Presentation at Dept. of Interior

PAD-US is nearing publication of its version 2 release, which is a major improvement in coverage, structure, and quality over version 1.4. To preview the database changes and to highlight roles of federal agencies in developing this new version, the USGS PAD-US team led a briefing presentation at the Department of the Interior on July 9, 2018.

The presentation featured representatives from four of the agencies in the Federal Lands Working Group (Doug Vandegraft of Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management; Troy Warburton of the US Forest Service, Ron Salz of the US Fish & Wildlife Service and Bob Ratcliffe of the National Park Service), plus the PAD-US Coordinator, Lisa Johnson of Boise State University, a USGS Cooperator.

You can watch the hour-long presentation from the Dept. of Interior media site.

Doug Vandegraft (BOEM), Fed Lands Working Group chair:







The whole panel:

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PAD-US and Public Health

PAD-US is a great resource for public health researchers, analysts, planners and others. Here’s a 45 minute webinar recorded in July 2017 that outlines how PAD-US works and indicates ways that it can help those working on public health, including active living, park equity and other related issues:


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PAD-US and Local/Regional Park Agencies


If you work for  a city parks department or a regional parks and open space district, or for any local public agency, you probably have workable GIS data for your own park holdings. But if you’re looking for what’s around you, or in a broad area of study, you might not have access to good GIS data on parks and open space lands – and if you are at a state border, this may even be a bigger challenge.

A new fact sheet identifies the many ways PAD-US can help these agencies. Download more information in this factsheet.  And, you can view and listen to a Powerpoint presentation on PAD-US that was presented to public parks stakeholders in July 2017.

Read the full use example here »


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