Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. How do I get my area of interest to appear in the map display?

A. First, we recommend using the search bar located in the top-left corner of the map display. This feature allows you to enter a location (e.g., street address or city) and quickly zoom to that area. (You may first need to click on the magnifying glass to expand the search bar, if it has already been collapsed.)

Once centered on your approximate area of interest, you can use the navigation tools along the left-hand side of the map display to change your zoom level or pan around the map with more precision.

The Navigate tool, located in the control panel, is another option for navigating to your area of interest.
  • Go to the control panel.
  • Click on the Navigate button.
  • To zoom in or out, hover over a point on the map and roll the scroll wheel of your mouse.
  • To pan, click on a point on the map with your left mouse button, hold, and drag the map.
Q. How do I select multiple regions for my selection group?

A. There are four different ways to select multiple regions for your selection group. Choose from one of the methods below or use a combination!

  1. Use the Select tool in the control panel
    • Go to the the control panel.
    • Choose a geography to work with from the drop-down list.
    • Click the Select tool.
    • Click on the region on the map that you would like added to your selection. The region will be highlighted after it is selected.
    • Repeat steps. Each additional region that you click on will be selected and highlighted.
  2. Use the Box-Selecttool in the control panel
    • Go to the control panel.
    • Choose a geography to work with from the drop-down list.
    • Click the Box-Select tool.
    • • Draw a rectangle on the map by clicking on a point on the map with your left mouse button, hold, and move the mouse to create the rectangle. All of the regions that fall within or intersect with the rectangle will be selected and highlighted.
    • Repeat steps to add more regions using this tool.
  3. Use the Swap tool in the control panel

    This option requires you to have already selected a region.

    • Go to the control panel.
    • Choose a geography to work with from the drop-down list.
    • Click the Swap tool.
    • Click on the selected region that you want to replace.
    • A pop-up will appear giving you the option to define the type of region that you would like to replace your selected region. For example, swap a selected state for the set of counties contained within that state.
    • Choose the region type of your replacement region(s).
    • Click OK.
    • Repeat steps to swap additional regions using this tool.
  4. Use the Swap tool in the data tables

    This option is most appropriate if you have already selected one or more regions.

    • Go to the Explore Location Data or See Tree Benefits page.
    • Under the Display feature, make sure "Table" is selected.
    • Click on the double arrow symbol in the swap column of the data table. This will allow you to swap the region in that row for all of the regions of a different type that intersect or are contained within its boundaries.

**Remember**

It is never too late to change the regions that you have selected for your analysis! Make changes to your selection in any stage you want – just remember to click the Process button in the control panel so the data for your new selection will be presented below the map.

Q. How do I delete a region from my selection group?

A. There are three easy ways to delete a region from your selection group. Choose from one of the methods below or use a combination!

  1. Use the Select tool in the control panel

    This option is most appropriate for removing one region at a time.

    • Go to the control panel.
    • Choose a geography to work with from the drop-down list.
    • Click the Select tool.
    • Click on a selected region on the map. The region will no longer be highlighted after deselecting.
    • Repeat to delete additional regions.
  2. Use the Remove tool in the data tables

    This option is most appropriate for removing one region at a time.

    • Go to the Explore Location Data or See Tree Benefits page.
    • Under the Display feature, make sure "Table" is selected.
    • Click on the "X" in the remove column of the data table. This will remove the region in that row from the selection group.
  3. Use the Clear tool in the control panel

    This option is most appropriate when you would like to remove all selected regions.

    • Go to the control panel.
    • Click the Clear tool.
    • A message will appear asking you to confirm that you want to remove all of your selected regions.
    • Click OK to confirm. All of the regions that were included in your selection group will be removed.

**Remember**

It is never too late to change the regions that you have selected for your analysis! Make changes to your selection in any stage you want – just remember to click the Process button in the control panel so the data for your new selection will be presented below the map.

Q. How do I move from one step to another?

A. To move to a different step, click the Next or Back buttons or click on the desired step in the progress bar.

**Remember**

You do not have to move through the project stages in order. Experienced users can safely skip some of the steps and go directly to the stages that they are most interested in.