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Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) 2.0

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2005
End Date
2018

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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.

Summary

The USGS Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) is the nation's inventory of protected areas, including public land and voluntarily provided private protected areas, identified as an A-16 National Geospatial Data Asset in the Cadastre Theme (https://communities.geoplatform.gov/ngda-cadastre/). The PAD-US is an ongoing project with several published versions of a spatial database including areas dedicated to the preservation of biological diversity, and other natural (including extraction), recreational, or cultural uses, managed for these purposes through legal or other effective means. The database was originally designed to support biodiversity assessments; however, its scope expanded in recent years to include all [...]

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Supplemental_Info_Readme.txt
“PAD-US 2.0 Supplemental Info - Readme File”
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padus_usgs_template_manager_2.0_01222019.jpg
“Example PAD-US Map”
thumbnail 6.54 MB
PADUS2_0_Metadata_xml_FGDC.faq.html
“FGDC Metadata Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)”
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PADUS2_0_Metadata_xml_FGDC.html
“FGDC Metadata .HTML”
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PADUS2_0_Metadata_xml_FGDC.txt
“FGDC Metadata .txt”
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PADUS2_0_Metadata_xml_FGDC.xml
“FGDC Metadata .xml”
Original FGDC Metadata

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PADUS2_0_Shapefiles.zip 934.8 MB
PADUS2_0 Layer Files Description.pdf 144.44 KB
PAD-US Viewer Screen Shot V2.png
“PAD-US Map Viewer”
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Purpose

The PAD-US geodatabase was originally developed to organize and assess the management status (i.e. apply 'GAP Status Code') of elements of biodiversity protection by identifying species and plant communities not adequately represented in existing conservation lands. In cooperation with the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), PAD-US also supports global conservation analyses to inform policy decisions. The dataset is robust and has been expanded in recent years to support the recreation, natural resource management, wildfire, emergency management, transportation, research, and public health communities. New applications are frequently discovered. Multiple attributes and a flexible database structure provide context for data to be used at local (depending on inventory completeness in the local area), regional, State, national, and international scales. See https://usgs.gov/gapanalysis/PAD-US-resources for more information.
PAD-US Map Viewer
PAD-US Map Viewer

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