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

Monthly Archives: August, 2016

PAD-US 1.4 Data Release

The USGS Gap Analysis Project (GAP) has announced the release of PAD-US 1.4 (PAD-US was officially published in May 2016, and announced in August 2016). The data set is available for download at the USGS GAP web site.

PAD-US 1.4 is a major update.  The following are highlights of what’s new:

  • Full update/replacement of federal lands, developed with the FGDC Federal Lands Working Group (https://cms.geoplatform.gov/a16govunits/FederalLands)
  • Twenty PAD-US State Steward Network update submissions: AK, AL, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IN, KS, KY, MS, NE, NC, NV, OK, OR, SC, TX, UT, WA and WY, plus The Nature Conservancy (TNC) owned lands
  • Conservation easements from the National Conservation Easement Database (NCED), suitable for distribution in the public domain
  • Trust for Public Land (TPL) contribution of local gov areas in 13 states
  • National Marine Protected Areas (MPA) from the NOAA MPA Center
  • Conservation measures reviewed (“GAP Status Code”, “IUCN Category”)
  • Additional standardized “Designation Type” categories
  • New standardized “Manager Type” and “Manager Name” fields
  • Additional “Date of Establishment” for trends analyses (field in development, mostly for federal lands now)
  • “Public Access” codes reviewed by select PAD-US Stewards and federal partners (only partial coding at this point)
  • Technical revisions to increase database performance


Read more

New PAD-US Website and Interactive Map

ProtectedLands.net is a supplemental website for the USGS PAD-US database, focusing on showcasing examples of how PAD-US is being used, providing tools to support PAD-US partners and demonstrating PAD-US map applications.  GreenInfo Network, a nonprofit technology support organization, created ProtectedLands.net in collaboration with the USGS Gap Analysis Project.

The original ProtectedLands.net web site was developed in 2010 to support a strategic planning process for PAD-US.  It was revamped in 2016 to support the new release of PAD-US data.


Read more