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HabITS Tutorials and Walkthroughs


HabITS V5 User's Guide

Introduction to HabITS V5

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Adjacent to the wetland restoration at the Awesome Landowner Project Site, the Coastal Program also installed 20 acres of native warm season grassland to benefit grassland song birds including Grasshopper Sparrows and Dickcissels.  The project biologist designed the plan for the grassland including choosing the native seed mix and the density, and then supervised the site preparation and planting of the seeds.  A local University professor will be using the area as a research site for his field course “Cool Birds you see from far away with binoculars.” This supports the Department’s America’s Great Outdoors’ Youth Initiative. 

 

Edit a Species List

PRINTABLE TUTORIAL; Editing a Species List  **UPDATED**

1. Start from the main HabITS Dashboard by going to the Customization module and selecting Manage Species List.

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2. After clicking Manage Species List you will now see all of the lists that you have created or that has been shared with you. Click the Edit button next to the list you would like to change. (Please note you will not be able to edit, copy, or delete a list that you did not create.)

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3. From this screen you can rename, share, and add or remove species from the list. To add species, click the Species List dropdown to select a list to pull species from. The All TESS & ITIS list contains all the species you may need. 

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4. Once you have selected the list that you would like to pull species from click the Available Species drop down box and start typing the name of the species you would like to add or scroll through the list (the All TESS & ITIS Species list is too large to scroll through). Once you locate the species you are looking for, click it to select it.

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5. Once you have selected the species you would like to add click Add Selected Species.

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6. Now you will see the species you selected has been added to the list. You can also delete species from the list by clicking Remove. Once you are done adding or deleting species from the list, click Save.

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7. After clicking Save you will see a splash banner (for just a couple of seconds) saying Species List saved successfully. 

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Focus Areas Module

Creating a Focus Area

PRINTABLE TUTORIAL; Creating a Focus Area **UPDATED**

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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6. Browse to the location of a zipped shapefile created in ArcGIS. See How to upload a Shapefile for more information. To Be Created

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

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

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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.

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

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11. Click on the tab for each habitat type to add target values

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12. Fill in the Cumulative 5-Year Targets in the boxes for each restoration activity to be tracked under the new Focus Area. Click on the +Add Citation button to add citations that support the creation of the new Focus Area. Click the Species List down arrow.

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13. Select a Species List from the list.

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14. Click in the Available Species box for a list of species. Click on species to select, the click on the +Add Selected Species button.

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15. You must select Active? in order to save the new Focus Area.

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16. Once Active, a 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.

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17. Click the Save as Draft.

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18. From the Edit Focus Area module, Click on the Files tab.

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19. Click on +Add File to upload files associated with the Focus Area.

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

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Editing a Focus Area

PRINTABLE TUTORIAL; Editing a Focus Area **UPDATED**

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. If you want more information on how to edit in the Mapper see the Mapper Tutorial - to be created. Once you’ve made all the changes you want, click the Save Geometry button in the upper left.

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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.

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

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8. After updating the Properties tab, click the Benefits by Habitat Type tab to update your 5 year targets including acres, miles, and other as well as Citations and Species 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).

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9. After entering your 5 year targets for each habitat type you will need to update the change log at the top of the screen before you can Save as Draft.

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10. Now you can add citations that support your focus areas. ***You can add all of your citations under one habitat type or you can add select citations under a specific habitat type, the choice is yours.*** To add a citation click Add Citation.

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11. Now you can add the citation. You can also add a supporting website by copy and pasting a web address into the URL box.  Once you have entered your information, click Add Citation.

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12. After clicking Add citation you should now see the citation listed under that habitat type. Continue to add multiple citations one at a time. Repeat for the other habitat types if desired.

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13. Once you have finished adding citations you will need to fill out the change log at the top of the screen before proceeding to Save as Draft.

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14. After adding citations, add a list of Species to each category. Click Species List to see a drop down of lists that’s available to you.

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15. Click the list that you would like to pull from to add species for that particular habitat type. If you need to create a new species list click here to learn how to Create a Species List.

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16. Once you have selected a species list you can now select each species that would fall under that habitat type. You can either scroll through and click the species to add them (the All TESS & ITIS Species list is too large to scroll through) or type the name of the species and then click it to add. Continue to add the applicable species.

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17. After you have selected all of the species for that habitat type, click Add Selected Species.

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18. Now all of your species should be assigned to that habitat type. If you would like to remove any click the Remove button next to the species you would like to remove.

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19. After adding your species you will need to update the change log at the top of the screen before you will have the option to Save as Draft. After updating the change log, click Save as Draft. Repeat for each habitat type applicable to your Focus Area.

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20. Next you can add supporting files to a Focus Area by clicking on the Files tab to the right of the Benefits by Habitat Type tab.

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21. Click Add File  to add a supporting document.  

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22. 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.

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

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

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

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

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27. 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. 

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

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29. 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.

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30. 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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Focus Area Progress Bar

PRINTABLE TUTORIAL; Viewing the Focus Area Progress Bar **UPDATED**

1. Start from the HabITS Dashboard page by going to the Habitat Improvement module, and select Search for a Focus Area.

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2. You can search for a focus area by entering the Focus Area ID, Focus Area Name, Point of ContactProgram, or Region. You can also select from the Status drop-down for Draft or Published Focus Area and from the Is Active drop-down for Active or Inactive Focus Area. 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.

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

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4. After clicking View Properties you will see a link to Display Progress of Benefited Habitat Type Targets.

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5. Now you can see a progress bar that shows the progress of completed accomplishments within the focus area based on your 5 year targets by habitat type. To see a progress bar of all targets of all habitat types within a Focus Area click Show All Focus Area Activity.

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6. Now you can see a progress bar of all 5 year targets of all habitat types within a Focus Area.

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7. You can also see the progress by Habitat Type by selecting the Benefits by Habitat Type tab and the associated Files by selecting the Files tab.

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8. Select a Benefits by Habitat Type tab to see the Cumulative 5-Year Targets, Citations, and Species.

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Strategic Planning Module

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