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Public-images-osm logo.svg man_made = cutline
Used to mark cut lines in forests.
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodes
may be used on ways
should not be used on areas
use on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: Unspecified

Used to mark cut lines in forests.

Often straight lines are cut in forests for various purposes - denoting land ownership borders, splitting forest in sections to ease maintenance, to be used as firebreaks or for other reasons. These lines are useful for navigation in forests and usually easy to identify from satelite or aerophotos. You can also use these locations to interrupt the forest (split it because smaller objects reduce object complexity, version creation and speed up processing).

How to Map

Tag a line that is drawn on top of one of the following areas:

with man_made=cutline. If the forest is not mapped yet, cutlines can be mapped alone.

Depending on the nature of the cutline, subtype can be specified:

If a road (usually highway=track or highway=path) follows the cutline, it is to be tagged as such in addition to cutline tags.


In standard Mapnik rendering a narrow white line is drawn along the cutline:

Cutline map.png