[Tagging] The endless debate about "landcover" as a top-level tag

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 12 09:37:21 UTC 2018

On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 11:41 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer <
dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:

> > On 9. Jun 2018, at 15:53, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Landuse=forest could mean a group of trees which are not
> > consistently used by a single organization for anything (and often
> called "Xyz Forest"
> interesting, can you give a real world example where a group of trees has
> actually the name “... forest”? I always thought a forest would require
> more trees.
> Either one of us is completely misunderstanding what the other wrote or
you're quibbling about the size of a group.

Sherwood Forest is 450 acres of trees.  It is a nature reserve and so it is
not used for forestry (aka logging).  There may
be occasional felling of diseased trees but it is not systematically logged
on a wide scale.

This is why landuse=forest is problematical.  Sherwood Forest is not land
used for forestry, but it is called Sherwood
Forest so landuse=forest may seem like the correct tag to use (because it
says "forest").

That's why abandoning landuse=forest in favour of landcover=trees or
landuse=forestry (as appropriate) is a good
idea.  I'll also add that I don't think landcover=trees should be used in
combination with landuse=forestry because what
is currently on land used for forestry may not be trees but saplings or

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