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A straight line cut in a forest. Edit or translate this description.
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
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

Cutlines come in various sizes and can be more or less obvious in the surrounding vegetation

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 - observed countless times purely to make way for installing, inspecting, maintaining power lines (74 uses only through 22-10).

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.


In standard rendering a narrow white line is drawn along the cutline: Cutline map.png

Possible tagging mistakes

If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
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See also