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


USGS Supports Wildland Fire Decision Support

Fire fighting photo

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group relies on the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) geodatabase for land management and designated area boundaries in analyses for decision-making related to wildland fires, particularly in the Western United States. Andrew Bailey,…

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NRCS uses PAD-US for Conservation Planning

The National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is required to conduct an Environmental Evaluation (EE) for all conservation plans. One of the special environmental concerns assessed on the evaluation form is the proximity to Natural Areas. This is where PAD-US applies….

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Energy Corridor Mapping with PAD-US

The Section 368 Energy Corridor Mapping Tool, developed for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) uses PAD-US data to show protected areas by GAP Status Code (a measure of biodiversity…

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