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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? – user6487966 Jun 27 '17 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. – Michael Stimson Jun 27 '17 at 5:16

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