Uploading shapefiles for project to restrict observations to specific areas

Is there a way to create a project based on specific areas so that the observations shown will only be in those areas. I would like to get observations on Utah Wildlife management areas to help with management decisions. Anyway to get these areas part of the “Places” database?

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Welcome to the Forum! if the place does not already exist, you could add it here, and include that in the project filters

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Yes, you can create places in the iNaturalist database if you have the shapefiles. Please note, you do need to have created I believe it is 50 verifiable observations on the site before you are allowed to create a new place or project.

Once the places are created, a project can be created that automatically collects observations from multiple defined places. Please note there will be some restrictions about which obscured geoprivacy locations are available to the project however.

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ok great, That will help alot!

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Here’s an explanation about why many observations of sensitive species won’t appear as being seen in a place: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/help#placeindex

And instructions for how to create a place: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started#places

If Utah wildlife management plans on uploading a lot of boundaries, and is planning on promoting iNat, you can reach out to us at help@inaturalist.org and we can perhaps work on streamlining the process.

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