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

Fact Sheet 2023-3013
Science Synthesis, Analysis and Research Program
Prepared in cooperation with GreenInfo Network



PAD-US provides a comprehensive geospatial database of protected and managed areas in the United States. We assemble known protected areas whose primary purpose is biodiversity conservation, as well as lands and waters that provide public access to nature. As a National Geospatial Data Asset (https://ngda-portfolio-community-geoplatform., the PAD-US database ( is an aggregation of land and water management boundaries provided by authoritative sources and standardized into a common format

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2023, Help build the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2023–3013, 2 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Table of Contents

  • What is PAD-US?
  • Who helps build PAD-US?
  • How are PAD-US data used?
  • PAD-US Vision Goals for 2023–2025
  • Get ready to submit your data!
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Help build the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US)
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2023-3013
DOI 10.3133/fs20233013
Year Published 2023
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Science Analytics and Synthesis
Description Report: 2 p.; Data Release
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
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