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


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.

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New PAD-US 1.4 Maps for Download, Printing

You can now access digital files of four PAD-US 1.4 maps on the USGS PAD-US web site – use them in presentations, or print your own versions!

Custom maps for PAD-US were developed by GreenInfo Network and are available by Manager Name (specific federal agencies, generalized names for state/local agencies), Federal Manager Name (federal lands only), Public Access (whether open or not), and GAP Status (degree of biodiversity protection). Provided files include smaller JPGs for presentations and simple uses, and larger PDF files for printing up to medium sizes (20×30″ or so).

Example of a PAD-US map (Manager Name):

padus1_4_Manager_03282017 (Large)

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PAD-US Briefing for Dept. of Interior Jan. 9, 2017

The PAD-US team will hold a public briefing on January 9, 2017 for U.S. Department of the Interior staff and others, as part of the DOI Office of Policy Analysis (PPA) Seminar Series.  The event is open to the public and remote viewing is available – feel free to share this notice with your networks.

PAD-US Coordinator Lisa Johnson will lead the session, which also includes representatives from the Federal Lands Working Group discussing PAD-US as part of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and others talking about how PAD-US helps with wildfire response, recreation, conservation and federal agency data management.  An information flyer is available, as is a notice on the DOI website.

The presentation will be Monday, January 9th, 2017 12:15-1:45 PM Eastern Main Interior Building Rachel Carson Room, and can also be live viewed at https://www.doi.gov/events.  It will be available afterwards as a video recording at: https://www.doi.gov/ppa/seminar_series/video.


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