Uploading Map Layers

There are 2 ways to upload layers into Restoration Map:

  1. Upload an individual map layer consisting of a single polygon, line, or point.
  2. Upload a multi-geometry KML file.

To upload an individual map layer:

This type of map layer should consist of a single polygon, line, or point in a file generated from a GPS unit (a GPX file) or Google Earth (a KML file).  Under the New menu, select the type of layer you would like to add.  The New Layer panel appears in which you enter information about the layer.  Towards the bottom of the panel click the Choose File button.  You can upload either a GPX or KML file. The file should include a single GPS path or polygon.  If there is more than a single GPS path Restoration Map will try to connect the paths into a single polygon.

After the file is uploaded you should see the new shape on the map (you may have to navigate the map to the new shape).  You can now either Save the new layer or Edit the uploaded shape.  One small warning, if editing a particularly complex GPS track with many track points the browser may crash.  The layer and it’s information has not been lost, but once the browser is restarted you may need to download the layer, edit it in Google Earth and re-upload it.

To upload a multi-geometry KML file:

Use this option if you have a KML file with multiple geometries and you want to upload them all into Restoration Map. Under the Restoration Map menu, select Upload Multi-Geometry KML. In the panel that appears select the KML file you wish to upload, then click the Upload button. Restoration Map will then display the first geometry in the file. To save the geometry as a map layer, select a stewardship site and enter the date, name, and description for the map layer. Then click the Save this shape and view the next shape button. Restoration Map will step through each geometry in the KML file one by one. You can also skip saving a certain geometry and move to the next one by clicking the Skip this shape and view the next shape button.