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Public-images-osm logo.svg man_made = cutline
A straight line cut in a forest. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Rendering-man made cutline.png
Group: man made
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: de facto

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.

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
  • cutline=power_line - to make way for installing, inspecting, maintaining power lines (635 uses as of 2024-02).
  • cutline=aerialway - where draglift, ski lifts, gondola etc pass thru forest or scrub.

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

If a forest area is extremely large, cutlines can be a good choice to split the area.



Possible tagging mistakes

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See also