The Open Space Council Blog


Data, numbers, acres, and stories

March 9, 2015

As a region we are protecting land that provide clean water, produce healthy food, and offer a wide range of recreational opportunities. And it’s this land that is being protected, managed, and stewarded by member organizations and agencies and a host of partners throughout the Bay Area.

We’re happy to announce that the 2014 release of the Bay Area Protected Areas Database (BPAD) is here. This update was completed thanks to the collaboration with the Bay Area Open Space Council, GreenInfo Network, and Ryan Branciforte. Over 225 agencies contributed data to BPAD which both shows the level of collaboration in the region, as well as the breadth and depth of the data.


The 2014 BPAD map is here!


BPAD is hugely helpful on many local, regional and statewide efforts. One example is regional planning projects like the Conservation Lands Network and Greenbelt At-Risk. These two projects affect regional planning efforts that set the blueprint for future land management and policy making. Another example is that BPAD is behind, a new resource for connecting people to California State Parks.

What are protected lands exactly? Protected lands include both fee-title (owned outright) and easements (agreements to preserve land). Easements play a critical role in the Bay Area conservation landscape. If you have any additional lands that should be included in a future BPAD update, please contact [email protected]

BPAD is used in a variety of ways:


What can you do with all of this?