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Date:4/21/2009

well as for supporting other important open space purposes," said Mosesso. He noted that an additional 408 million acres of land (18 percent of the nation's land area), are permanently protected from conversion but allow extractive uses such as mining and logging. The lands in PAD-US, he said, also include some voluntarily provided private conservation lands, such as more than 1.8 million acres of The Nature Conservancy preserves and easements.

For each parcel, the database provides geographic boundaries, land classification (Federal, State, City, or Private), land owner or manager, management designation, holding name, IUCN category, WDPA Site Code, GAP status codes, and a suite of reference information.

One of the goals of the PAD-US Partnership is to provide a measure of management commitment for long-term biodiversity protection. Mosesso said that by providing such in-depth information, the database will facilitate a wide variety of conservation and land-management efforts such as regional ecological assessments, strategic conservation planning by land trusts, and the identification of species and habitats that are not afforded adequate long-term protection.

Key members of the PAD-US Partnership are the U. S. Geological Survey Gap Analysis Program, Conservation Biology Institute, The Nature Conservancy U. S. Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Forest Service, and GreenInfo Network. The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Program <www.nbii.gov> is hosting the data for the Partnership and will provide annual updates to the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, part of the United Nations Environmental Programme. Coordinated by the USGS, the NBII is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. GAP is a vital NBII component.

A map of the stewardship data is available online at <

Contact: John Mosesso
jmosesso@usgs.gov
703-648-4079
United States Geological Survey
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