- Download the data as GIS files in a range of formats
- Use PAD-US from the many USGS and Esri web services
- Print ready-made PDF maps (national and by State)
- Individual source agencies are likely to have the most up to date and official data for their agency. See more information on source agencies (Data Stewards) and to learn more, see memo on using PAD-US data in base maps.
- Overlaps and slivers still exist among and between some agencies’ ownership boundaries, but the PAD-US 2.0 Fee layer represents significant improvement from previous versions.
- The new ‘Designations’ and ‘Proclamation’ feature classes in PAD-US 2.0 are not ownership layers – The ‘Designation’ feature class contains Wilderness Areas, National Monuments, and other policy boundaries that may not be aligned to ownership boundaries and may be designed to overlap both each other and the ‘Fee’ and ‘Easement’ feature classes. The ‘Proclamation’ feature class shows administrative boundaries for National Forests and Parks, Wildlife Refuges and other lands, not ownership. Learn more about ‘Designation’ and ‘Proclamation’ boundaries here.
- There are many States that still don’t have complete data on urban and regional parks and open space – learn more about our road ahead on data and how you can help fill us to fill in missing data here.
- Some lands are closed to any public use – review the ‘Access’ attribute in PAD-US to filter data being used to show publicly-accessible lands. For the most accurate and up-to-date public access information, it is always best to contact the source agency.
- What to Know Before Using PAD-US Version 2
- PAD-US Data Manual, describing data fields and practices
- PAD-US action plan report published in late 2016
- USGS PAD-US website
- Protectedlands.net, the PAD-US companion website, which hosts this Help System
Julie Prior-Magee, PAD-US Dataset Manager
Lisa Johnson, PAD-US Coordinator / FGDC Federal Lands Working Group co-chair
You can contact any members of the PAD-US team for your specific needs and questions.