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Using ArcGIS REST Feature Services to access Georgia EOs Generalized to Quarter Quads, QQ_EO

Quarter Quad EOs Overview Page

To access the rare element EO data generalized to quarter quads, go to the Quarter Quad EOs Overview Page. From here you can view a map of the data as well as view the attribute table. If you have an ESRI license for AcrGIS Online, AGOL, and are logged in, you can download the data as a shapefile or other formats from the menu on the right side of the Overview page. If you don’t have an ESRI license to use AGOL you can still access and download shapefiles and other spatial formats by using the free and open source QGIS desktop GIS software (see instructions below).

The ESRI REST feature service URL for accessing the QQ_EO layer in ArcPro, QGIS or any other compatible application can be found on the lower right-hand side of the QQ_EO overview page.

ArcGIS Pro

When using ArcGIS Pro (3.0), open the feature theme from the main map menu by placing the feature service URL from the Quarter Quad EOs Overview Page (see above) in "Add Data/Data From Path". A feature theme can be exported to a shapefile by using the conversion tool from the toolbox. A geodatabase can be exported from ArcGIS Pro using the Feature Class to Geodatabase tool from the toolbox.


A free option to access and use feature themes and download shapefiles is QGIS. Below are the steps to load a feature theme while using QGIS version 3.22.12. Methods for using ESRI REST feature themes in QGIS may change over time.

  1. Setup Connection to Feature Theme: From the main windows, use the top menu to connect to the data layer under Layer/Add Layer/Add ArcGIS REST Server Layer. Choose new. In the “Create a New ArcGIS REST Server Connection” dialog, place the feature service URL from the Quarter Quad EOs Overview Page (see above) in the URL field and give the layer a name in the Name field. Since qq_eos is open public data, no other fields need to be filled in. Click OK.
  2. Accessing the Feature Theme: In the dropdown on the Server Connections dialog select the name you gave the layer and click on the "Connect" button. The layer you wish to add should appear in the large box below. Select it and chose "Add" from the bottom of the dialog. Note: ESRI feature layers can also be added to QGIS through the data Browser feature by right clicking under "ArcGIS REST Servers".
  3. Exporting to a Shapefile: Once the layer is loaded in QGIS, the user can right click on the layer name in the Layers Panel and select "Export". In the resulting "Save Vector Layer" dialog choose the format “ESRI Shapefile” or a dozen or so other available GIS formats.