Customer Service Toolkit 2004 Hints and Tips - #12
March 31, 2005
If you’ve tried to clip a county-wide layer to your Planned Land Units layer, you may
have encountered problems. The following example shows a work-around; we’ll use the
Surface Ownership layer (BLM, State, Private, etc…) as the layer we want to clip to our
Planned Land Units layer. For this example, our Planned Land Unit layer is named “test
clip polygon”; yours would probably be named EQIP05 or AMA05. Thanks to Chris
Rhyne and the Lusk Field Office for sharing this tip.
- Open the map document and select the plan you wish to work on.
- Using the New Toolkit Layer (Hardee’s Star) button select “Build your Own
- If you suffer from short-term memory loss, giving the Layer a name such as
“clipping_layer” may be useful to help you remember its purpose. Toolkit will
save the new .shp file to the Customer’s Resource Maps folder. You may also
want to rename the File Name the same as the Layer Name, or else Toolkit will
name it “polygon.shp” by default. So in our example, we’ve overtyped the
“polygon.shp” in the File Name with clipping_layer.shp.
- Once you have created this file, click on “Editor” on the Polygon Editor Toolbar
and choose “Stop Editing”.
- Set your selectable layers so that your Planned Land Units layer (test clip
polygon) is the only one that can be selected.
- Select all of the polygons in your Plan Layer.
- Go to Edit, Copy on your menu bar at the top.
- Start editing your Clipping Land Units layer that you created.
- Go to Edit, Paste on the menu bar at the top and then stop editing and save your
- Now we can begin the clipping process using this new layer we created.
- Go to Tools, Geoprocessing Wizard and proceed with clip.
- Select “Clip one layer based on another”.
- When selecting layers to use, the first layer is your larger layer containing the data
you want to clip (e.g. Surface Land Ownership) and the second is the new
Clipping layer just created.
- On the third line be sure to save the file to the Customer’s file on C:/Customer
Files Toolkit and name it something appropriate (e.g. EQIP 05 Clipped Land
- Select finish and the layer will be created and automatically displayed in your
project and as a new layer in your Table of Contents.
- You can now remove the Build Your Own Clipping Land Units layer that was
created and turn off the countywide layer that you used to get data from (e.g.
Surface Land Ownership).