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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.

Editing a Focus Area

1. Start from the main HabITS Dashboard by going to the Habitat Improvement module and selecting Search for a Focus Area.

2. You can search for a focus area by entering the Focus Area ID, Focus Area Name, Point of Contact, Program, or Region. You can also specify the focus area Status or Active/Inactive. After you have entered your search criteria, a list of focus areas will automatically show below.  Click on the Focus Area you would like to view or edit.

3. After selecting a focus area, a box will open allowing you to View properties, Edit Properties, Delete Focus Area or More Actions.  To edit your focus area click Edit Properties.

How to Edit the Focus Area Polygon

4. After clicking Edit Properties you will see a screen that will allow you to edit the Focus Area Name, Lead Program, FWS Point of Contact and the Narrative. You will also see the spatial data (polygon) for your Focus Area in the small mapper box on the upper right of the screen.  ***Note the Active? checkbox in the upper left of the screen. This must be unchecked in order to edit the Focus Area. If the Focus Area is active, you will need to de-select the Active? button and update the Focus Area Changelog in order to save any changes. Making the Focus Area active will be the last step before saving your final draft.*** Click the Edit Focus Area Geometry under the small mapper box to edit the Focus Area polygon.

5. The Mapper will open in a new window, zoomed to the Focus Area polygon. The polygon will be in edit mode as indicated by the blue color and apparent vertices. You can edit the shape by moving the vertices or using any of the Mapper editing tools. Once you’ve made all the changes you want, click the Save Geometry button in the upper left.

6. On the Properties tab, make changes to the Focus Area Name, Lead Program, Point of Contact, and Narrative. Once changes have been made, the “Change Log” box (with pink outline) appears at the top of the screen. The purpose of this box is to log the changes you have made to the Focus Area. The Save as Draft box at the bottom right of the screen will not appear until information has been entered into the change log box.

7. Once you have entered information into the change log, click Save as Draft.  Your updated information has now been saved.

8. After updating the Properties tab, click the Benefits by Habitat Type tab to update your 5 year targets including acres, miles, and other for each habitat type. Enter your target numbers for each category now. Repeat for each habitat type (Other, River, Shoreline, Stream Channel, Upland, and Wetland). For this tutorial, click Wetlands.

9. 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.

10. Select the Species tab from the list.

11. 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.

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

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

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

15. 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.

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

17. Now add the Title, Document Type, Author  and Abstract (optional) of the file, then click Choose File to browse to the file to be uploaded.

18. After clicking Choose File a Windows File Explorer window will open. Navigate to your file and click Open.

19. Now confirm that your file has been uploaded by looking next to Choose File, you should now see the selected file. Click Save.

20. Update the Change Log and click Save as Draft.

21. After saving you will see a green splash screen (for just a couple of seconds) confirming your Focus Area has been saved successfully.

22. After you have entered and confirmed that all of the information for a Focus Area is correct, click the Active? check box to make the focus area active in the mapper. 

23. After clicking Active?, update the Change Log and click Save as Draft.

24. After you Save as Draft you will now see a green Publish button at the bottom of the page. Click it to publish your Focus Area.

25. After clicking Publish you will see a green banner saying This Focus Area is currently Published. If you make any updates to your Focus Area after this step it will remove the Focus Area from being published, you will need to republish.

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