Hello, there.

In forest or woods, there can be transitional areas on which all trees have been cut years ago, and which are merely scrub, maintained or not, with cut-lines or not. These areas are morphologically scrubs, but are maintained to be brought back to a forest; besides, the scrub state lasts for years, justifying its mapping as such, so how to map these areas?

  1. Tagging them as both landuse=forest+natural=scrub?
  2. Tagging them as natural=scrub, and include them as an inner member of a landuse=forest multipolygon?
  3. Another way?

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asked 13 Mar '17, 09:53

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I've always tagged those as landuse=forest+natural=scrub, but note the caveat below.

While the landuse=forest vs natural=wood semantic debate is not fully settled, I've always gone with the "landuse=forest is for forestry-like activities and implies natural=wood/landcover=trees unless otherwise tagged" interpretation. I feel this interpretation has become largely dominant, but that may be my observation bias.

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answered 13 Mar '17, 12:34

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