[Talk-us] misuse of the landuse=forest tag for national forests

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Sun May 12 04:17:02 UTC 2013

> From: stevea [mailto:steveaOSM at softworkers.com]
> Cc: talk-us at openstreetmap.org
> Subject: Re: [Talk-us] misuse of the landuse=forest tag for national
> forests
> Hello Torsten:
> Please see our wiki pages at
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:landuse%3Dforest and
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:natural%3Dwood regarding the
> differences between forest (actively managed forests where timber
> harvesting can and does take place, whether publicly or privately
> owned), and wood, which is "for ancient or virgin woodland, with no
> forestry use."

This is one of multiple definitions used, and the one you quoted is not one
common in North America. See http://wiki.osm.org/Tag:landuse%3Dforest#Notes
for three different approaches.

I can say confidently that the "ancient or virgin woodland" definition for
natural=wood is not commonly used in OSM in North America for the simple
reason that there is almost no woodland meeting that definition.

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