[Tagging] Animal trails

Seth Deegan jayandseth at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 20:27:33 UTC 2020

You could add a `note=*` to every element. You should probably contact the
mappers of that region and explain to them not to add them.

I agree that in this case, mapping animal tracks is *especially *necessary.
If someone isn't going to map it now, they're going to do so in the future
(as you've seen), incorrectly.

On a related idea, OSM should probably implement "Area Notes" into the API
to notify mappers how to map specific areas.

lectrician1 <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Lectrician1>

On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 1:44 PM s8evq <s8evqq at runbox.com> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> With the Belgian community, we have been in contact with Natuurpunt, our
> main national nature conservation organization. They are slowing using more
> and more OSM and recently came to us with the following remark.
> "Some mappers have added paths that are not actually real paths for
> humans, but simply flattened walking routes made by the cows. I assume that
> these are visible on aerial photographs, and in the field they may also
> look like trails. However, it is really not the intention that people
> should walk there. They change regularly and we also do not want to put
> signs 'forbidden entry' all over the area.
> We could delete them from OSM, but then of course soon later, an active
> micromapper might add them again."
> Most people seem to think paths made by cattle or wildlife should NOT be
> mapped at all (
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Pascal%20Cuoq/diary/13333). However,
> when there are micromappers around, they tend to map ALL THE THINGS. Not
> mapping these "animal trails" that you know about, means they will likely
> show up on the map as a simple highway=path, added by somebody else.
> Therefor, we would prefer to map them with a tag like highway=animal_track,
> to make sure mappers see that this thing was analyzed before and should NOT
> be mapped as a regular path. Do you have any suggestions for a tag or a
> different approach?
> Thanks.
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