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New Protected Area Database (PAD-US) Released

August 4, 2016

Updated national geospatial inventory of public parks and open space lands features greater coverage and accuracy.

America's tremendous asset base of public land and other protected open areas is critical for conservation, recreation, and public health applications. These include national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, monuments and wilderness; state parks and wildlife management areas; county open space and city parks; land trust preserves, conservation easements, marine protected areas and many other lands.

Together, these include more than 150,000 places covering three billion acres, managed by thousands of public agencies and non-profit organizations that serve current and future generations. A complete and current Geographic Information System (GIS) database of these assets is a critical tool to achieve organizational missions across jurisdictions.

The Protected Areas Database of the U.S. (PAD-US) geodatabase is essential to organize and assess the long-term protection of biodiversity for the nation. Please see the USGS Technical Announcement for more information.