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Protected Areas Database of the US - Wyoming Contributions

Protected Areas Database of The US

Project Dates: 1 October 2011 - 30 September 2012

Funding Sponsor: USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP) - Protected Areas Database of the U.S. (PAD-US)

Principal Investigator: Jeff Hamerlinck

Co-Principal Investigator: Teal Wyckoff

WebsiteProtected Areas Database of the U.S.

Project Summary:

The Protected Areas Database of the U.S. (PAD-US) is the official inventory of protected open space in the United States. With over 715 million acres in thousands of holdings, the spatial data in PAD-US includes public lands held in trust by national, state and some local governments and by some non-profit conservation organizations.

PAD-US is published by the USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP). GAP produces data and tools that help meet critical national challenges such as biodiversity conservation, renewable energy development, climate change adaptation, and infrastructure investment. Learn more about GAP and other GAP data (including species and land cover) at

Wyoming, as part of the FY11 Data Steward Project, was able to develop the first comprehensive database of state, county and city protected areas to date for the State of Wyoming. Following the initial development of this database, future updates will be maintained and the database will be expanded accordingly. Data compiled was either submitted directly from the data originator as protected areas data, or gleaned from County parcel data for county and city-level data. Some counties and cities in Wyoming maintain Parks and other protected areas data separately and were incorporated here from the land manager, though many counties and communities are very rural, with some counties not yet having complete parcel data. For counties that were unable to contribute at this time due to a lack of data, limited data were gleaned from county parcel data, and updates will be provided to PAD-US when datasets are developed in the future. To date, data from 22 of Wyoming’s 23 counties have been compiled and included in the database. State Park lands, wildlife habitat management areas and state trust lands have also been compiled and included. The database currently contains 637 city and county lands polygons, 58 University lands, 72 Wildlife Habitat Management Areas, 110 state Parks and 18,924 polygons for State Trust Lands.

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