I downloaded a layer from https://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=5064154431bf4df5aa444f3b863dfd89

I can add the layer to ArcGIS but I am not sure the file type.

How can I convert this to use a buffer tool on this (like 5-mile buffer from the wetlands)?

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You will not be able to buffer this resource because it is a Map Image Layer:

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  • Thanks, That means it can't be converted to polygon or shape file. right? Jun 27, 2017 at 4:56
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    No, the best you can manage is to export to a GeoTiff then if you're keen heads-up digitize the boundaries. Check the license arrangements before doing anything though. Your best bet would be to contact the author and request (nicely) the dataset - you might be expected to purchase the data or at the very least sign some sort of licensing agreement crediting the authority on any maps or documents produced from it. Jun 27, 2017 at 5:16

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