I have downloaded a very handy raster dataset generated by the Nature Conservancy for identifying terrestrial habitat cover types in the north east. Link to the project info and a link containing a download of the raster dataset (right hand side of page) is here:
I'm not terribly experienced when it comes to working with raster files. All I intended to do with this data was query which habitat types occur within a quarter mile of a series of reservoirs in New York. However, select by location is not an option with rasters. I've tried converting the raster to polygon but not only are the polygon boundaries slightly off, there is no information retained in the resulting attribute table that would let me join the original dataset info to the resulting shapefile. Does anybody know how I can go about inventorying the habitats in my study area?
I have attempted to research a solution however I've come up short. I have access to Spatial Analyst and an Advanced license.