New Report Released: Completing America’s Inventory of Public Parks and Protected Areas: An Action Plan for 2016-2020

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We are pleased to announce the release of a new report, Completing America’s Inventory of Public Parks and Protected Areas: An Action Plan for 2016- 2020 This summary provides information about the current inventory and a proposed action plan for the next few years. You can download the summary or full report at http://www.protectedlands.net/vision.

Collage showing pages from the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) Report

Completing America’s Inventory of Public Parks and Protected Areas: An Action Plan for 2016- 2020 

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The report assesses requirements to enhance PAD-US to better serve recreation and public health applications—an expansion of its original conservation mission.  Boise State University and GreenInfo Network, cooperators who support the development and application of PAD-US, prepared this report for USGS with support and input from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Park Service (NPS).