[Talk-us] National Forest Boundaries

Karl Newman siliconfiend at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 15:03:36 GMT 2009

On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 6:15 AM, Nicholas Vetrovec <nickvet419 at yahoo.com>wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 2:19 PM, Theodore Book <tbook at libero.it> wrote:
> >> Despite my taking a "local" approach, I do think it would be great if we
> >> could do a coordinated national upload of the NHD data, however.
> >I think it would definitely help make the US OpenStreetMap look more
> >professional to get as much of the NHD data in as possible.
> >> I am also looking at the GIS data from the Chattahoochee-Oconee National
> >> Forests, and was wondering if we had come to a consensus on National
> >> Forest boundaries - should they simply be tagged "landuse=forest", or is
> >> some other tag ("natural=wood", or "boundary=national_park") preferred?
> >>  Or do people think that it is better not to tag National Forest
> >> boundaries at all?
> >I think they're worth including; most U.S. commercial maps show
> >national forest boundaries; landuse=forest seems to be the appropriate
> >tag to use.
> >Chris
> others have been using the tags leisure = nature_reserve  boundary =
> national_park

National Forests are distinctly NOT the same as National Parks in the US. As
far as I know, National Forests are more of an administrative area and don't
have nearly the same level of protection as National Parks. I'm not even
sure they're really a nature reserve.

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