California Protected Areas Data Portal


About the Protected Areas Data Portal

We're pleased to announce that as of February 2015, funding for CPAD/CCED by the State of California has resumed - check back for updates, and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

This portal is a resource for both the California Protected Areas Database (CPAD - covers fee-owned lands) and the California Conservation Easement Database (CCED).

These two datasets are produced and managed by GreenInfo Network, a 20 year old non-profit organization that supports public interest groups and agencies with geospatial technology. CPAD data development is conducted with Esri ArcGIS products, supplemented with open source web application tools. Questions and comments about CPAD and CCED should be directed to cpad (at)


Questions and comments about the portal should be directed to cpad (at)


The CPAD and CCED data sets are the result of many groups and individuals over the past decade. GreenInfo Network greatly appreciates the contributions of time and data from hundreds of agencies and non-profits, as well as the funding support of the sponsors noted at right and the support of Esri for donations of ArcGIS software used to create and maintain CPAD and CCED data.

As of February 2015, the State of California Natural Resources Agency through the Department of Water Resources is providing support for CPAD/CCED, through February 2017.

This project is coordinated by Larry Orman of GreenInfo Network, with support from these and other GreenInfo staff:

  • Amanda Recinos
  • Maianna Voge
  • Stephanie Ding
  • Gina Rosa Cova
  • Yessenia Chaiu Zhang
  • Greg Allensworth (interactive mapping)
  • Tom Allnutt (interactive mapping, website administration)

Former GreenInfo staff and interns who have helped develop CPAD include: Dariya Draganova, Laura Daly, Bridget Smith, John Kelly (database management), Charles Antoine-Perrault, Robert Graham (CALands website), Ryan Branciforte, Alexandra Barnish, Bobby Sudekum, Tom Albo, Mike McGunagle, Brian Cohen, Aubrey Dugger, Nick Maricich, Lynn Frederico, Lars Uhde, Veronica Padilla, Nate Doberneck, Amber Shannon, Jeanne Depman, Jason Jones, Geidy Balderon, Diana Pancholi, Imre Freeve, Jessica Karste, Joe Eberts.

GreenInfo also acknowledges those originally involved in developing the Bay Area Open Space Database (BPAD) and the other regional databases that eventually merged into the first CPAD in 2007 (learn more about CPAD history» ). These pioneers have been essential to the success of CPAD and include John Woodbury, original coordinator of the Bay Area Open Space Council; and Darla Guenzler of the California Council of Land Trusts.  In addition, GreenInfo’s long standing partnership with the Bay Area Open Space Council has been essential to its development.

GreenInfo Network has a long-standing partnership with the USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP), which has supported developmental work on CPAD as it relates to the national Protected Areas Database of the U.S. (PAD-US), and we appreciate their engagement and support.

During 2012-14, support for CPAD and CCED came through the California Strategic Growth Council, in collaboration with the USGS GAP. This project greatly improved CPAD data, including expansion of available easement data, refinements to the CPAD data model to better meet user needs, more outreach and coordination with agencies and organizations with CPAD holdings and recommendations for long term support of CPAD. 

Thanks to all of these people and organizations for their contributions!