Here’s how you get PAD-US:
- Download the data as GIS files in a range of formats.
- Explore PAD-US using the PAD-US Data Explorer.
- Use PAD-US from the many USGS and Esri web services.
- Download national poster maps.
When using PAD-US, remember that . . .
- Individual source agencies are likely to have the most up to date and official data for their agency. More information is available on source agencies at Data Stewards and on the Federal Land Workgroup hub site which includes documentation on using PAD-US in base maps.
- Overlaps and slivers still exist among and between some agencies’ ownership boundaries, but the PAD-US Fee layer represents significant improvement from previous versions.
- The ‘Designations’ and ‘Proclamation’ feature classes in PAD-US 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 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.
Learn more about PAD-US before using the data
- What to Know Before Using PAD-US
- PAD-US Data Manual, describing data fields and practices
- How to Use PAD-US in Web Base Maps – get the latest version of this manual at the Federal Lands Workgroup website (right column).
- PAD-US action plan report published in late 2016.
- USGS PAD-US website
- PAD-US Data Explorer, including storymaps with guidance on how to interpret and use each view.
- Protectedlands.net, the PAD-US companion website, which hosts this Help System.
Tell us about your uses and how we can improve PAD-US
You can contact any members of the PAD-US team for your specific needs and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roger Johnson, PAD-US Data Manager / FGDC Federal Lands Workgroup Chair
Mason Croft, PAD-US Technical Specialist
Mackenzie Case, GIS & Policy Analyst, Boise State University (Cooperator), State Lands Workgroup Chair