Timo Hiltunen, Antti Leinonen
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
calculation-tool, forestry, load, water-protection, watershed
Hiltunen, Leinonen 2012: Method for Planning Water Protection of Forestry on Watershed Level
Theme VII. Ecology and management on forested peatlands
Forested headwater catchments need to be analysed to control the leaching of substances from forestry to watercourses. The COFORLO tool was developed for that purpose. The COFORLO is a practical application that makes use of recent scientific findings. The tool is an Excel spreadsheet application that simulates the source, transport, retention and discharge of load from forestry to watercourses. COFORLO calculations provide estimates of the combined load from ditch network maintenance, forest regeneration, and fertilisation of peatland stands. Iterative calculations can help determine the right balance between forestry activities, water protection measures, and the water environment.