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ECOS Application Help

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**It is recommended that you use Google Chrome as your internet browser when working in HabITS V5. Other internet browsers may not work properly.**

For a PDF version of the tutorial on this page, click image below to download the PDF.

Creating a Focus Area

1. Under Focus Areas on the Habitat Improvement tab, click on Create a New Focus Area.


2. You must select Active in order to publish the new Focus Area, but you can create the Focus Area as inactive until ready to publish.


3. On the Properties tab, you will be required to fill in the Focus Area Name, and select the Lead Program and FWS Point of Contact. There is also a narrative box that can be used to describe the Focus Area, but this is not required. Click Save as Draft which will take you to the Edit Focus Area module.


4. From the Edit Focus Area page, select the +Create Focus Area Geometry button to add geometry for the Focus Area.


5. Under the Layers box, use the Upload button to import a shapefile created in ArcGIS.


6. Browse to the location of a zipped shapefile created in ArcGIS.


7. The Mapper will zoom-in to the imported shapefile.


8. Click on the imported shapefile and select +Activate from the drop-down.


9. Once you have activated the shape, click on the Save Geometry button. This will save the shape as your new focus area geometry and return you to the Edit Focus Area screen.


10. From Edit Focus Area, select the Benefits by Habitat Type tab.


11. Click on the tab for each habitat type to add target values. For this tutorial, click Wetlands.


12. Fill in the Cumulative 5-Year Targets in the boxes for each restoration activity to be tracked under the new Focus Area. You will need to describe any changes made to the Focus Area before you are allowed to click the Save button.


13. Select the Species tab from the list.


14. Click on the Species List box for a list of species and then add Available Species. Make sure to click on the +Add Selected Species button to add the selected species.


15. Once your selected species have been added, describe changes made to this Focus Area in order to click the Save button.


16. Click on the Citations tab to add a citation for the Focus Area. Click +Add New Citation.


17. Add your Citation text and/or Citation URL. Then click the Add Citation button.


18. You will need to describe your changes made in order to click the Save button to save the citation. Here you can also edit, remove, or add new citations.


19. Click on the Files tab and then on +Add File to upload files associated with the Focus Area.


20. Select the Active? button in order to declare the new Focus Area as active. Once Active, please describe any changes made to this Focus Area text box will appear. This is required. Type in a description of the changes made (such as “newly created”). The narrative text box also becomes required with a minimum character count of 350.


21. Click the Save as Draft.


22. Click the Publish button at the bottom to finish creating the Focus Area.

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