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Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse = forest
Forestry Road - geograph.org.uk - 215468.jpg
Forest. Sometimes considered to have restricted meaning "Managed woodland or woodland plantation".
Group: Forest
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
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Status: In use

Managed woodland or woodland plantation.

There are major differences in the way this tag & natural=wood are used by some Openstreetmap users. Some use this tag for land primarily managed for timber production, others uses if for woodland that is in some way maintained by humans, some for any forest. This problem is explained in the page Forest.

See the page Forest to understand the usage of this tag and natural=wood.


landuse=forest applies to nodes and areas

Additional tags

  • name=* - name of the forest
  • leaf_type=broadleaved/needleleaved/mixed - describes the type of leaves.
  • leaf_cycle=deciduous/evergreen/mixed - describes the phenology of leaves.
  • wood=coniferous/deciduous/mixed - type of wood. This key is deprecated!
  • type=deciduous/evergreen/shrubs/mixed - for reasons why type is not desirable, see type=*
  • crop=* - Describes the type of crop


Possible rendering of woodland
Tag Rendering Comment Pictures
leaf_type=broadleaved Wood deciduous.png Broadleaved woodland. WaldAlfeld.jpg Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest.jpg
leaf_type=needleleaved Wood coniferous.png Needleleaved woodland. Swiss National Park 131.JPG Pinus canariensis (Barlovento) 06 ies.jpg
leaf_type=mixed Wood mixed.png Mixed woodland. Mixed forest-Poland spring.jpg 09272008 BrightonUT.JPG

See also

Possible Tagging Mistakes

natural=forest - If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag. Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!

Related OSM projects

Wiki for all environment and natural tags and projects Environmental_OSM