PAD-US Data Download

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Download the Protected Areas Database (PAD-US) 2.0 Data:

Data are available for download Nationally, by Department of the Interior (DOI) Region, or State/Territory boundary. Select your desired file type — either ESRI ArcGIS 10 Geodatabase or Shapefile. KMZ files are also available for States and Territories.

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Download PAD-US Nationally

A Combined PAD-US Fee, Designation, Easement shapefile or KMZ is not available given file format size limitations.  Separate Fee, Designation, Easement, or Marine shapefiles are available nationally. 

Download PAD-US by Department of the Interior Region

The Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) version 2.0 dataset was clipped to the 12 unified regional boundaries for the Department of the Interior (DOI) to provide data downloads for each of the regions. This may be especially helpful for users interested in a Combined PAD-US Fee, Designation, Easement shapefile.  The unified regional boundaries are primarily based on a science-based approach to promote management efficiencies. The unified regions provide better management on an ecosystem basis to include critical components such as wildlife corridors, watersheds, and trail systems. For more information about the DOI regional boundaries see: https://www.doi.gov/employees/reorg/unified-regional-boundaries.

Download PAD-US by State / Territory

The Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) version 2.0 dataset was clipped to 56 State and Territorial boundaries to provide data downloads for areas of interest. This may be especially helpful for users interested in a Combined PAD-US Fee, Designation, Easement shapefile. The Census Bureau is the national steward for legally defined geographic area boundaries for State and Equivalent areas. The national sub-state geography geodatabase is updated annually and contains multiple layers reflecting selected geography, including state name and jurisdiction; this dataset is translated by USGS and used to standardize "State-Name" and improve boundary quality as a common reference for agencies contributing data for PAD-US.  For more information about Census State boundaries see: https://www.census.gov/geographies/mapping-files/time-series/geo/tiger-geodatabase-file.html.   

How to Cite Data:

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Gap Analysis Project (GAP), 2018, Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US): U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P955KPLE.

More data and resources:  https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/5b030c7ae4b0da30c1c1d6de