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Missing Natural Heritage Content?

Missing some content?

The main website of the Idaho Fish and Game underwent a massive facelift in mid-July, 2011. Amidst the shuffle, we've lost a few data and content links.

In order to keep that data available to you while a few kinks are ironed out, we've copied content here and made some updates of missing files. The way we're sharing this data will be changing, so don't update your bookmarks just yet. 

 

Looking for Special Status Species lists?

Try here to find Federally listed Endangered, Threatened, Proposed and Candidate species in Idaho, Idaho's special status vascular and nonvascular plants, and Idaho's Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) (vertebrates and invertebrates).

 

Interested in Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) information?

Specifically, we found the Appendix F section of the website went rogue. You can find the CWCS PDF documents from 2005 here now.

 

Something else that you can't find from the Idaho Natural Heritage Program (formerly Conservation Data Center) CDC?

Let us know what you're looking for.

 

Taxonomy Search upgrade for Observations, Roadkill

You may notice the species selection has changed a little for animals in Observations and Roadkill forms. The usage method is still the same, but we've updated the species search to improve speed and add search options. Hopefully it will help you find the wildlife you're searching for, faster and easier.

The new selection looks like this:

**Note, when you select a species, the validation mentioning that "We need to know what you saw. Please search the species' list, then click on the appropriate match from the drop-down box." will disappear. :)

 

As always, please let us know if you have any questions, problems, or comments.

 

Ben

 

ArcMap 10 Add-ins - Accessing the new LayerFetcher Tools

Add-ins are the new way to deploy and access ArcMap 10 custom applications and tools. There is a new and improved version of the LayerFetcher tools developed as an ArcMap 10 Add-in.   All you have to do to access the new LayerFetcher application is reference the network folder where it is located and turn on the toolbar.  To add the LayerFetcher , do the following:

1) Click Customize on the top menu bar in ArcMap 10 then click Add-In Manager.
2) Click click the Options tab then click the Add Folder button.
3) Navigate to Q:\IFWIS\AddIns and click OK. Then close Add-In Manager.
4) Click Customize then Tool Bars and check on the IDFG LayerFetcher Tools.

That’s it! No installation programs, no copying files.  And you only have to do the first three steps once.  Any other tools we place in this folder will automatically be available to you.  Just check on the tool bar. Any updates we do to existing Add-ins will be available without you doing anything.

If you find other Add-Ins that you would like to use, you can create your own AddIns folder in you folder on the Q:\ drive.  Just save the Add-in to that folder, and then follow the same steps listed above to reference it in the Add-ins Manager.
 

You can dock the LayerFetcher toolbar and LayerFetcher window anywhere on the main ArcMap window.

Shapefile to Google Earth kml - Customize Symbol Properties and Labeling (NO PROGRAMMING REQUIRED!)

Although there is a tool in ArcToolbox (Layer to KML) that allows you to convert your ArcGIS file to a Google Earth KML file, this tool gives you no options for customizing how the information is displayed.

Let me present to you the opensource (aka FREE) Shp2kml tool:

http://www.zonums.com/shp2kml.html

Note:  The Download link is actually half way down the webpage, the large Start Download button at the top of the page is part of an ad for a different product.

Step 1:  Choose your input file and coordinate system.

Step 2: Decide which attribute you want to use as the label and check 'Mouse Roll over Effect' if you want to highlight a feature when the mouse is moved over it.

Step 3: Decide what color and transparency (opacity) you features will be.

Step 4: Decide what attribute information you would like in the pop-up balloon when a feature is clicked or selected and customize the balloons symbology.

Step 5: Give the kml layer a name and any descriptive information you would like and your done!

BRILLIANT!

 

 

Don't like ArcGIS 10 Metadata Editor? Download the FGDC Metadata Editor add-in (just like in 9.x)

Download Page for the FGDC Metadata Editor add-in (Direct Download Link to Add-in). Thanks Michelle H. for the link update!

Option #1

  1. Download and save the attached file (fgdc.esriaddin) to your ArcGIS Desktop add-in folder (C:\Users\...\Documents\ArcGIS\AddIns\Desktop10.0)
  2. Open ArcCatalog (if open, close and re-open)
  3. In ArcCatalog go to the Customize menu and select Customize Mode
  4. On the Commands tab scroll down to the Metadata category
  5. From the Metadata Commands, drag the Show Metadata Editor command to the Metadata toolbar or someplace on the users interface to access the FGDC Editor.
Option #2 (works for if you don't have the C:\Users\...\Documents\ArcGIS\AddIns\Desktop10.0 setup)
  1. Download and save the attached file to wherever you want (I like to save this kind of stuff in the Downloads folder).
  2. Open ArcCatalog.
  3. In ArcCatalog go to the Customize menu and select Customize Mode.
  4. On the Commands tab scroll down to the Metadata category and select it.
  5. click the Add from file... button at the bottom of the window and navigate to and open the fgdc.esriaddin file you downloaded.
  6. From the Metadata Commands, drag the Show Metadata Editor command to the Metadata toolbar or someplace on the users interface to access the FGDC Editor.
Note: If the add-in does not automatically show up in the Metadata Commands list close the Customize window then reopen it and drag to the Metadata toolbar.

If you created metadata using the FGDC metadata editor in ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1 or the FGDC metadata editor add-in, this content is visible under the FGDC Metadata heading in the Description tab. You can export and validate this content using the USGS MP Metadata Translator tool.

 

Citrix ArcMap 10 Setup

First things first, if you're interested in using ArcMap 10, make sure you update your Citrix client, first. You can do so at the login screen. Just click the link above the username/password fields. If there is not a message, you should be up-to-date.

 

Performing the following steps will improve your ArcMap 10.1 performance in Citrix.

1) Open ArcGis 10 in Citrix  (Formerly known as ArcMap) 

  • Getting Started dialog opens
  • Click ‘Open’

2) CONNECT TO FOLDERS

  • Open the Catalog window
    • *Note: Starting at ArcGIS 10, Catalog is now included inside of the "ArcMap" application

  • Click “Connect to folder” 
  • Dismiss the “folder can’t be used” dialog by clicking “OK”
  • Type “O:” or browse to “O” drive, click “OK”
  • You now can connect to “O” drive folders in your session. You might need to do this for other drives, Like the K or Q.

 

3) CREATE A PERSONAL/DEFAULT GEODATABASE

  • We recommend personal geodatabase because of their portability and ease of access. Some users might need a file geodatabase.
  • In the ArcCatalog window, to the location on the O-drive where you’d like your geodatabase to live
  • Right-click the folder, click “new” --> “personal geodatabase”

  • Name the geodatabase (default will work)
  • Right-click on the new geodatabase and click “make default geodatabase”

 

4) ESTABLISH A WORKING DIRECTORY   

  • Click “file” --> “map document properties”

  • Verify that the “default geodatabase” is the geodatabase you just created, if not, set it here by clicking the browse icon

 

 

  • Next to Pathnames, “Store relative pathnames to data sources” should be checked
  • Click OK
  • Click “File” --> “Save As…”. Name it something like CitrixDefault.mxd

  • Close ArcMap, Reopen
  • The next time you open, select this document so that your settings are saved

 

 

In general, you’re changing the default .mxd and geodatabase to open from O: drive to enable write privileges (no access is currently granted to write to the C: drive on the Citrix servers). Just need to do this one time!

 

GIS Support: Arc doesn't start. Error: Cannot find SERVER hostname in network database OR The lookup for the hostname .. failed

PROBLEM:

On a local installation of ESRI's ArcGIS desktop, this error appears on startup and ArcMap will not load.

 

‘Provide your license server administrator with the following information:

Cannot find SERVER hostname in network database

The lookup for the hostname on the SERVER line in the license file failed. This often happens when NIS or DNS or the hosts file is incorrect.  FLEXlm error: -14,7. System Error: 11001 “WinSock: Host not found (HOST_NOT_FOUND)” ‘

SOLUTION 1)

We do like to encourage IDFG folks to use Citrix. Consider using Citrix for your ArcGIS useIf you don't see the option to use ArcGIS, send us a support ticket and we'll get you on the user's list.

 

SOLUTION 2)

The problem is that your copy of ArcGIS desktop isn't looking at a valid licensing server. 

To fix it, follow these steps:

  1. Open "ArcGIS Administrator." It's in Start --> Programs --> ArcGIS 

Depending on your version of ArcGIS, the administrator dialog will look different. But what you'll want to do is "change" the server. The basic IDFG ArcGIS License Server for ArcView is "IFWISARC"

  1. "Change" the server to IFWISARC and click OK. You should be off and running.

 

Thank you, Brian for bringing this to our attention.

=-Ben

Sorry, but we had a weekend outage 6/18/2011-6/20/2011

It just came to my attention that there was an error was introduced in the Observations and Roadkill forms by an update made on Friday, June 18.

I personally apologize if you encountered any frustration because of this error. However, there is a silver lining on the cloud. The error was introduced when we updated our taxonomy database, a change that will give you better access to information about all of our species and it should speed up search performance as well.

The error would occur when selecting a species from the list. You could select a species from the list, but after selecting the species from the drop-down, the error "We need to know what you saw. Please search the species' list, then click on the appropriate match from the drop-down box." would appear. A dialog box might have appeared as well, depending on your browser.

To the best of my knowledge, this error is now corrected. Please let us know if you find otherwise, OR, any other bugs.

Thanks for being patient. I look forward to introducing the taxonomy browser and additional taxonomy features which led to this outage.

=-Ben

 

P.S. A big thanks to Roy and Angie for bringing this to my attention this morning! We wouldn't be able to get to our programming destination without supporters and users like you!

Fix for PDFs failing to download or downloading sporadically

 

Problem: PDFs downloaded from your website do not load on most client machines. Specifically happens with larger PDF files and sporadically happens across browser clients.   

Atmosphere: Windows Server 2008 R2 running IIS7.5

Cause: According to this lengthy forum post, Windows Server 2008 changes the byte order for downloaded files that Adobe reader didn't know how to read.

Solution: Apply the Windows hotfix #KB979543. Reboot required.

 

 

That pesky IE compatibility view... how to turn compatibility view off

Internet Explorer is a tricky browser to design for. I, like others, spend countless hours making my web standards pages work in IE, too. 

Here's a patch/hack/fix I applied today to fix the problem of Internet Explorer rendering my web page differently to a user with IE's compatibility view "on" than "off." Just as a note, You can tell if IE compatibility mode is on if the little page icon in the browser shows up as a solid color instead of an outline.

You might need this method applied if your site works well without compatibility view (or in webkit browsers), but does weird things due, usually, to stylesheets using conditional formatting or for html5 compatibility.

<meta content="IE=8; IE=9" http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" />

For a list of the different meta content options to include, this article was phenomal.

Make this be the first meta tag in the list of metas, otherwise IE9 won't be happy.

When the above meta tag is included in the <head> element of your page, the user is no longer presented the option to "toggle into" compatibility view. In my case, they don't need compatibility view. This is a great hack if rendering the page to work without compatibility view is not an option.

 

 

Note: This workaround won't do it for you if the user has already added your website specifically to the Compatibility View list from within IE's compatibility settings. You may have to direct them to instructions to remove it, if that's the case. But... let's face it, if they figured out how to add it to that list, then either they aren't in control (a domain policy may add the site via security settings) or they already know what they are doing and will probably google it faster than you can walk them through it.