[Tagging] Landuse=forestRY?

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Mon Dec 28 05:35:36 UTC 2015

> On Dec 28, 2015, at 8:11 AM, tomoya muramoto <muramototomoya at gmail.com> wrote:
> Then "tree area" would be "landuse=forest-land", and "forester's house" would be "landuse=forest-yard". (Of course more appropriate words should be chosen.)


I like your thinking on this, but in this situation it is wrong. Usually the place that grows the logs and the place that processes the logs are very far apart and have different names. Since the trees grow for a long time and are not cared for daily, the equipment is usually brought in for cutting the trees and then it leaves - so there is no "yard" nearby. 

Forestry is a very specific term meant for forest management (which might include logging or other economic uses) a region would have a few "forestry-yards" to deal with the forests and wood in the area - they would be a mill or lumberyard or similar. 

Just like all the cedar trees being grown in Japan, almost all of them are in rural areas with little to no houses - and the trees are cut down and taken by truck to a mill for cutting & processing. People that live nearby may be farmers or even the land owner - but they usually don't process the wood there and it is not cared for daily (usually yearly), so no "yard full of tools and supplies" is there next to the trees. 

There are exceptions to this, but compared to farmland/farmyard, it is very different - most places (like Japan) that are full of farms are also full of farmyards - but that is not true for forestry. The hills around Kiryu are covered with cedar trees, but the mills are all here in town, cutting the cedar into planks.  

Forestry (AFAIK) is "trees become X" - wood, fuel, paper - like the cedars.  

If it is  "trees produce X" (rubber, cork, sap, syrup), this is an orchard situation, though I wish they would have "plantation" for these uses - as "orchard" makes you think of Apple trees or avocados or some fruit making plant - not a person harvesting maple syrup from trees with tubes or harvesting latex sap from rubber trees. 

So landuse=forestry for the trees 
And landuse=industrial for the mill (and whatever building tags go with a mill) 
Seems to be a better choice than forestry-yard. The rest falls under orchard.


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