[Tagging] Forest parcel with other landcover (scrub, scree…): how to map?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Wed Jan 23 01:10:43 UTC 2019

> the only way I see in the Wiki is to use the leaf_type=* tag

You can also use leaf_cycle= to tag deciduous vs evergreen, and also
semi-deciduous, semi-evergreen and mixed:

This accounts for most types of woodland, along with leaf type. The rest
can be inferred from latitude (eg forest/wood in the tropics is clearly
tropical) and elevation (montane vs lowland rainforest) which is readily
available information.

Probably there is no need for mappers to tag elevation and latitude-related

The one thing that’s missing is a tag for the density of the main
vegetation type; is it a dense canopy of trees, or dense scrubland, verses
more widely spaced.

And there isn’t a way to tag a grassland with scattered shrubs or trees,
probably because this is not common in Northern Europe.
On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 9:58 AM Sergio Manzi <smz at smz.it> wrote:

> Well, sorry, obviously I did an editing mistake and the "*Wikipedia
> defines 6 types of forest*" phrase jumped up in the wrong place: it
> should be just above the dotted list of forest types...
> Sorry about the confusion...
> Sergio
> On 2019-01-23 01:52, Sergio Manzi wrote:
> Only about the cited point (*tagging natural forests as natural=wood*), I
> think a natural forest should be tagged as natural=forest (*quite
> logically, I would say...*), while natural=wood should be reserved for
> "small forests" (*which is one of the possible meaning of "wood" in
> English, if I'm not mistaken*).
> Also please consider that "forest" is very generic, and we could be
> willing to more exactly define which kind of forest we are tagging (*and
> eventually have it rendered accordingly*).
> To this extent the only way I see in the Wiki is to use the leaf_type=*
> tag (*and only"broadleaved", "needleleaved" and "mixed" are defined as
> possible values*).Wikipedia defines 6 types of forest:
> But to me a forest is not just "a lot of trees", but an entire ecosystem
> dominated by trees. And those ecosystems can be very different between
> different continents and latitudes.
>    - Temperate needleleaf
>    - Temperate broadleaf and mixed
>    - Tropical moist
>    - Tropical dry
>    - Sparse trees and parkland
>    - Forest plantations
> I think we should be (somehow) able to tag those types.
> Please also check the sixth forest type described in Wikipedia (*Forest
> plantations*): I think it coincide with the "forestry" concept we are
> talking about in the thread (*landuse=forestry, or whatever...*).
> Cheers,
> Sergio
> On 2019-01-23 01:00, Peter Elderson wrote:
> Natural forests could be preferably tagged as natural=wood ...
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