[Talk-us] National Forest Boundaries

James Fee james.fee at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 15:34:03 GMT 2009

I totally agree.  National Forests are administered by the Agriculture
Department (not the park service) and are managed lands for different
uses (timber,
livestock, wildlife) as well as recreation.  They are probably closer (feel
free to flame me on this) to BLM lands than National Parks.  National
Monuments are closer to National Parks than National Forests (or Wildlife
Recreation Areas) are.
Federally managed lands in the US are a huge PITA to peg down, but I
wouldn't call National Forests "preserves" or "national parks".  Wildlife
Recreation Areas and National Monuments are closer, but even they are not
National Parks (National Monuments are administered by many different
agencies, even BLM, making it even more difficult).

James Fee

On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 8:03 AM, Karl Newman <siliconfiend at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Karl
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