|landuse = forest|
|Managed woodland or woodland plantation.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
Managed woodland or woodland plantation. Wooded area maintained by human to obtain forest products.
Commonly used tag in case of land primarily managed for timber production.
Some mappers use it for woodland that is in some way maintained or used by humans.
It is also used for any forest, by mappers that are not interested in making distinction between both tags.
In some countries there are special agreements about using these tags which are approved by local communities.
Tag landuse=forest is primarily used in developed areas of the world, where natural environment has been modified, such as Western and Central Europe. Almost all large wooded areas in this region are managed by forestry.
Types of wooded areas, for which this tag is commonly used:
- woodland managed for economic purposes (usually for timber production)
- woodland plantation, monoculture (e.g. pine plantation or rubber plantation)
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.
- 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
wood=coniferous/deciduous/mixed- type of wood. This key is deprecated!
If leaf_type=* is also set, this can be indicated by appropriate symbols for conifers, deciduous trees and mixed forests.
- When should we use landuse=forest rather than natural=wood? on help.openstreetmap.org
species=*for species (scientific) name
- Vegetation - summary of tags for various types of trees and plants
Possible Tagging Mistakes
Related OSM projects
Wiki for all environment and natural tags and projects Environmental_OSM