[Talk-us] National Forest Boundaries

Adam Schreiber sadam at clemson.edu
Thu Feb 19 15:40:34 GMT 2009

On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:34 AM, James Fee <james.fee at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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).

Perhaps instead a administrative boundary level needs to be assigned.
In essence, the administrative level for national parks and forests is
the same, but what's contained is different.



> --
> James Fee
> http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/
> 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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