[Tagging] natural=????

Christoph Hormann chris_hormann at gmx.de
Wed Sep 11 18:37:42 UTC 2013

On Wednesday 11 September 2013, Tod Fitch wrote:
> There are some grasses there but small woody plants predominate in
> that area. So that would indicate "heath". But how does one note the
> difference, significant to a hiker, that you can easily walk through
> this area while the chaparral at lower elevations, properly tagged as
> "heath" can not be so easily traversed.

I think this is a typical case for a secondary tag, in this case 
something like heath=open indicating open vegetation cover with 
continuous space in between while heath=closed would indicate 
continuous vegetation cover.

> Here is a typical bit of low 
> elevation vegetation in the same area:
> http://www.californiachaparral.com/images/555_PS-A-White-Ceanothus.jp

This already goes in direction of scrub - in fact the distinction 
between scrub and heath is not well defined.

Christoph Hormann

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