Protected land database now available
Getting a picture of the status of conservation efforts in the United States has just been made easier thanks to a new database that allows wildlife and conservation professionals to visit a single place to find comprehensive information on protected areas.
PAD-US is a national inventory of protected lands. In addition to providing comprehensive information about public lands in the United States, this geodatabase includes information that allows it to be incorporated into the United Nations’ World Protected Areas Database, thereby aiding a new perspective on conservation efforts worldwide.
PAD-US contains information concerning more than 22,000 highly protected areas in the United States totaling almost 350 million acres, or 15% of the country's total land area (including Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii).
For each parcel, the database provides geographic boundaries, land classification (Federal, State, City, or Private), land owner or manager, management designation, holding name, and other key conservation information.