A new report sets out a three year plan to complete PAD-US, the national inventory of the location of every public park and protected natural area in the United States.
The report, Completing America’s Inventory of Public Parks and Protected Areas (November 2016), is available for download in summary and detailed versions at www.ProtectedLands.net/vision.
Complete PAD-US data will support job and economic development across America, boost outdoor recreation opportunities, allow for more effective approaches to siting and mitigating energy production and transmission facilities, aid in reducing chronic disease through outdoor exercise, safeguard at-risk wildlife and habitat, encourage more use of local, regional and larger parks for people from all walks of life, and to many other U.S. needs and policies.
The action plan presented in the report calls for completing the current Protected Areas Database of the U.S. (PAD-US) by 2020, and maintaining it thereafter. Parts of PAD-US are close to complete now, but local and regional park data needs additional work, along with system improvements to make the database more effective for users in government and the private and non-governmental sectors. This program has support from a number of agency and nonprofit partners, but needs additional support to succeed.