HELP PAGE - How to use the map and navigation tools

Navigation

These small icons are located across the top of the map and will help you zoom, pan, and find out more about PHS and related information that shows on your map.

Zoom In/Zoom Out.
Click and drag a box around the area you wish to zoom to. Alternatively, use the sliding scale bar to zoom in or out on the center of the map.

Pan.
Click on the map with the "hand" and drag to reorient the view. Alternatively, click on the small arrow buttons located at the top, bottom, left, right, and corners of the map to pan in those directions.

Zoom to previous extent.
Click on the map with this tool to return to the extent that was previously chosen. You can go forward or backward in your history of extents (like using your internet browser forward and backward buttons).

Zoom to full state extent.
This takes you back to the beginning, looking at the whole state within your viewing window.

Identify. Once you have turned on the PHS data (click "Turn on PHS Data" button at the bottom of the map), you can use this tool to click on a point, line, or polygon to pull up information on the species or habitat selected. However, this tool is only available when the scale bar at the bottom of the map reads 2 miles or less.

Identify multiple PHS data.
Click and drag a box over your area of interest to return all the records of points, lines, and polygons located within that area.

PHS Results Table: When using the Identify tools, a "PHS Results" table will pop up. This table has three tabs: Points (e.g., individual species occurrences, nest locations), Lines (e.g., forage fish survey beach), and Polygons (e.g., waterfowl concentration area). These are the three data types that may appear within your selected area. Basic information about each returned record will appear at the front of each tab, including Common Name, Scientific Name, and Priority Area. You will need to check each tab to see if records have been returned for your area. Under "Common name" you can click "show" and the specific point, line, or polygon will be highlighted on your map so you can correspond the table with the actual locations of the species or habitat. More information on each habitat and species is provided by clicking on "Show full record." This will return more location information, species status information, and helpful links to management recommendations or recovery plans.

Parcel identify.
With the parcel base map on, click on a parcel to get its parcel number. Parcel number information is provided for reference only. This information was compiled by the University of Washington based on information provided by county assessor's offices, and may not be up to date. Not all counties provided parcel information. Your local Assessor's Office maintains current information on parcel numbers and parcel boundaries. If you have questions about the parcel number or mapping of the parcel lines you see, do not contact WDFW. Contact your local county Assessor. The State Department of Revenue provides a list of links to county assessor's offices, http://dor.wa.gov/Content/FindTaxesAndRates/PropertyTax/Links.aspx.

Measuring tool.
Click one point on the map, and move the cursor to click a second point. The distance (in feet) will be shown in a pop-up window. Use the erase tool to eliminate the line.


Eraser.
Undo a previously drawn measuring line, selection, or other graphics.


Locators

Find your property or area of interest through a number of simple search and zoom tools.

PlaceName Search.
Type in the place name (e.g., Nisqualy Refuge), and the map will zoom to a match a location. If multiple matches are found, you can choose from a list provided in a pop-up window. Place names are provided by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). World Places Locator. See http://www.arcgisonline.com/home/item.html?id=991a730ac41248428b48584ccf77b583 for more information.

Parcel Search.
Type in a parcel number and the map will zoom to that parcel. Please Note: use only numbers, hyphens cannot be used. Parcel numbers are from the University of Washington parcel database. Landowner information is not provided in this locator tool. This database relies on information provided by counties. Not all counties have complete parcel information. If you don't know the parcel number or want landowner information, do not call WDFW. Contact your county Assessor's office. The state Department of Revenue provides a list of links to county assessor's offices, http://dor.wa.gov/Content/FindTaxesAndRates/PropertyTax/Links.aspx.

Zoom to TRS.
Use the prompts to select the Township, Range and Section (subdivision) of your property of interest.

Zoom to Coordinates.
Follow the prompts to zoom to a location using latitude/longitude and other coordinate systems (e.g, UTM).

Zoom to County.
Select a county from the list and the map will zoom to that extent.

Zoom to WRIA.
Select a Water Resources Inventory Area from the list and the map will zoom to that extent. For more information on WRIA's, visit the Department of Ecology's web site at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/apps/watersheds/wriapages/index.html.


Tools

Create Map/Report.

This tool will bring up a reporting wizard that will allow you to create and print out a date- and time-stamped map and corresponding PHS report for your selected area of interest. Follow the reporting wizard instructions. This tool is only available when the scale bar at the bottom of the map reads 2 miles or less. A description of each information field contained in the report is provided as part of the report. These are the same information fields that you can see by using the Identify tools.


Base Maps

These background maps provide context, landmarks, and location information for your property of interest and the PHS data displayed. This information is provided as reference only. WDFW is not responsible base map errors. The maps are not generated by WDFW, but are taken from existing map and aerial photo services.

Aerial.
Aerial photos are provided as background. The most currently available maps for a given area are shown. Source: Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Washington 2006 NAIP Ortho-Imagery-18 Inch Data. 2006

Hybrid.
Aerial photos are provided as background with streets and county boundaries overlain. The most currently available maps for a given area are shown.

Sources:

Aerial photos: Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Washington 2009 NAIP Ortho-Imagery-3 Foot Data. 2009

Streets: Esri Street Map North America.

Boundaries.
These maps include county boundaries, city and urban growth area boundaries, Township/Range/Section (TRS) information, and rivers and streams. Some boundaries only appear at certain scales, so you may need to zoom in for certain information, such as TRS and stream names.

Sources:

Shoreline: Nearshore Habitat Program, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Aquatic Resources Division; Washington State ShoreZone Inventory linear unit features - DNR_ShoreZone/SZLine. 2001.

Hydrography: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fish Program Science Division, Biological Data Systems; Rivers and Streams of Washington State 1:24,000 - str24. 2004; Rivers and Streams of Washington State 1:100,000 - str100. 1998; Water Bodies of Washington State 1:24,000 - wby24. 2004

County Boundaries: WA Department of Natural Resources. County boundaries - county. 2006.

Public Land Survey: WA Department of Natural Resources. Cadastre Legal Description - Legal_Desc. 2010.

Urban Growth Areas: Washington State Dept. of Ecology, GIS Technical Services. Cities with Urban Growth Areas - CityUGA. 2009.

Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA): Washington State Department of Ecology. Water Resource Inventory Areas - WRIA2000. 2000.

City Limits of Washington State: Washington State Department of Transportation, GIS/Cartography Section. City Limits of Washington State, May 2009 - DOTCity. 2009.

Major Public Lands: WA Department of Natural Resources. Compiled by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife from NDMPL (Washington State Non-DNR Major Public Lands) 2007 and DNR Related Parcels - Cadastre\Parcel 2010.

Parcel.
Parcel lines, provided against an aerial photo backdrop, are provided from the University of Washington parcel database. This database is not complete for every county. Representations of parcel lines may not be accurate due to map and projection anomalies in the parcel database, or the quality of parcel data. Parcel lines are provided to help identify your area of interest, and are not legal representations of parcel boundaries. Contact your county assessor's office if you need exact parcel boundaries. The state Department of Revenue provides a list of links to local assessor's offices, http://dor.wa.gov/Content/FindTaxesAndRates/PropertyTax/Links.aspx.

Street.
This map includes street names and locations, locations and names of public lands (e.g., parks), and names of lakes and streams. Source: Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). World Street Map. See http://www.arcgisonline.com/home/item.html?id=3b93337983e9436f8db950e38a8629af for more information.

Topography.
This map shows topo lines, hillshaded relief, and names of major landmarks. The map is not available at the largest scales. Source: Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). World Topographic Map. See http://www.arcgisonline.com/home/item.html?id=f2498e3d0ff642bfb4b155828351ef0e for more information.


Toggle PHS

The button called "Turn PHS Data On" or "Turn PHS Data Off" allows you to switch the PHS data layer on or off. Note that you will not be able to Identify the PHS data you see until the scale bar at the bottom of your map shows 0-2 miles or less. This is due to the amount of data held in the system and the need for accuracy when clicking on particular points, lines, or polygons.

 


Select PHS Data Source

Select which PHS data layer to draw. In the Public viewer, there are two choices: "PHS Plus Public View (Show Masked Data)" where non-sensitive species and habitats are shown along with masked sensitive species and habitats, and "PHS Plus Public View (Hide Masked Data)" where only the non-sensitive species and habitats are shown. The sensitive species and habitats are generalized to Public Land Survey sections, quarter townships, or townships. Non-sensitive species and habitats are shown as mapped. The internal use version of PHS on the Web has a third option for showing all species and habitats as mapped.

 


Help, FAQ, Legend, Order PHS Map

Help: Selecting this button brings up the Help page.
FAQ: Selecting this button brings up the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Legend: Selecting this button brings up the Map Legend page showing the symbology for the various map layers.
Order PHS Map: Selecting this button brings up the PHS map request page.


Still have questions?

For questions related to what the PHS data is showing, how to apply it to your project, and related "how to use this information" type questions, first visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
If you still have questions, you can e-mail planningforwildlife@dfw.wa.gov. Type "PHS on the Web Question" in the subject line. It may take up to a week for a response.