[Tagging] How to correctly name a forest

s8evq s8evq at runbox.com
Wed Nov 27 21:35:26 UTC 2019

Hello everyone,

I question I have been wondering about for a while:

How do you correctly apply the name tag to a forest? I have seen and heard about some different approaches:

1) Add a node approximately in the middle of the forest with the name tag together with place=locality

2) Sometime the name tag is put together with the landuse=forest tag. That could work, except for when it's a multipolygon, like this example: https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/1443126 The "problem" with this is that meadows, parking lots and lakes are not included and would not fall under this name (they are members of the MP with the role 'inner')

3) Draw a new way around the outline of the forest and put the name tag on that. The problem with this approach is that you need an additional main tag together with the name. Sometimes leisure=nature_reserve could work (example https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/681749435), but of course not always. What other main tag could be added here?

Any other or better approaches?


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