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A straight line cut in a forest, for example to denote land ownership borders or as a firebreak.
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: In use

A cut line is a straight line cut in a forest. This might be done for various purposes, such as denoting land ownership borders, splitting forest in sections to ease maintenance, as firebreaks or for other reasons. These lines are useful for navigation in forests and usually easy to identify from satellite 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:

  • cutline=border - for cutlines that denote ownership border;
  • cutline=section - cutlines that split forests in sections for maintenance;
  • cutline=firebreak - cutlines that are intended to stop or delay forest fire;
  • cutline=loggingmachine - logging machine tracks that are impassable due to lopwood;
  • cutline=piste - skiing piste without visible tracks in the summer;
  • cutline=pipeline - above an underground pipeline;
  • cutline=hunting

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

See also