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Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse = forest
Forestry Road - geograph.org.uk - 215468.jpg
Forest or woodland, sometimes considered to be restricted to managed woodlands or tree plantations. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Forest
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: de facto

Forest or woodland. Sometimes considered to have the restricted meaning "Managed woodland or tree plantation maintained by human to obtain forest products".

There are major differences in the way this tag & natural=wood are used by different 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.

How to map

Draw an area to match shape of woodland and tag it landuse=forest. If exact match is infeasible then approximate shape is acceptable. As the last resort place a node instead of an area.

Additional tags

  • name=* - name of the forest
  • operator=* - operator of the forest
  • leaf_type=broadleaved/needleleaved/mixed - describes the type of leaves.
  • leaf_cycle=deciduous/evergreen/mixed - describes the phenology of leaves.
  • produce=* - Describes the type of produce
  • species=* - for species (scientific) name - useful tag to specify which tree species predominate in given area of the forest
  • genus=* - The scientific name of the genus of tree - use where species varies or is unknown


If leaf_type=* is also set, this can be indicated by appropriate symbols for conifers, deciduous trees and mixed forests.

Tag Rendering Comment Pictures
leaf_type=broadleaved Leaftype broadleaved.png Broadleaved woodland. WaldAlfeld.jpg Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest.jpg
leaf_type=needleleaved Leaftype needleleaved.png Needleleaved woodland. Swiss National Park 131.JPG Pinus canariensis (Barlovento) 06 ies.jpg
leaf_type=mixed Leaftype mixed.png Mixed woodland. Mixed forest-Poland spring.jpg 09272008 BrightonUT.JPG
leaf_type=leafless Leaftype leafless.png Leafless vegetation Sentinel Peak Tucson Arizona.JPG Saguaro jul04 38.jpg

See also

Possible Tagging Mistakes

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