On 7/27/20 10:10 AM, Paul Johnson wrote: > 3 and 4 digit forest service roads? They're there exclusively there for > the benefit of forestry (namely logging, replanting and fire > suppression). If they happen to help someone else get where they're > going, great, but that's not what they're built and maintained for.
Actually around here, almost all roads have a 3-4 digit reference because we're in a national forest. They apply to most every "highway", residential, ATV tracks, hiking trails, and driveways, and aren't exclusive at all. Even the county maintained roads have a ref:usfs. The ref:usfs often changes at intersections, and the ref for the county road may not. Much of the map data (Tiger, etc...) is really out of date and wildly wrong, so I go there and see what the sign says it is. The only roads exclusively for forestry or emergency access have a locked gate with a USFS lock. Non USFS locks are for private driveways. Some gates have two locks, one for forestry access, the other for home-owners. Both are usually posted as well. Fire fighter officers carry special master keys for these, or occasionally resort to bolt-cutters or chainsaws. Most of these roads weren't built by the forest service, they are left-over from the mining era in the 1800s, and pre-date the formation of the forest service. They just adopted them, and stuck reference numbers on them. Lately many are being closed off, so I've been doing a lot of field trips to update things based on reality. - rob - _______________________________________________ Tagging mailing list Tagging@openstreetmap.org https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/tagging