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


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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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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