Mindfulness, Species protection, diversity

Sustainable and transparent

Sustainable use guidelines

In cooperation with the Bavarian State Forests AöR and the nature conservation authorities, Zunderschwamm Naturprodukte GmbH has drawn up strict guidelines for the harvest and use of the tinder fungus. The guidelines are the world's first precisely defined guidelines for the sustainable use of the tinder sponge and go far beyond the requirements for organic quality.

Secure biodiversity and habitats

We voluntarily submit to these stricter guidelines, This ensures biodiversity and habitats and can thus guarantee an ecologically sustainable extraction of the tinder fungus raw materials.

Our contribution to biodiversity and species protection

We only harvest in commercial forest areas, in which classic forestry is carried out. We do not harvest nature reserves and FFH areas. Together with our partners we create so-called. Deadwood Islands, in which the tinder fungus feels comfortable and likes to thrive. In this way we create new habitats for mushrooms, plants and animals, and thus contribute to increasing the diversity of species and biodiversity in the commercial forest. The mushrooms decompose the dead wood, thereby generate humus and thus increase the water storage capacity in the forest, which is becoming increasingly important in the increasingly drier summers.

The Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive (Habitats Directive, from the 21. May 1992, 92/43/EWG) and the Birds Directive (from the 2. April 1979, 79/409/EWG)

Species and habitat types are named in these guidelines, which are particularly worth protecting and for which a network of protected areas is to be established. FHH areas are to be under the umbrella of “NATURA 2000 Project “on Europe-wide protection zones for the preservation of the animals native to Europe, Plants and mushrooms are built.

The Bavarian State Forests have designated regional harvesting areas for us and laid out extra dead wood as a substrate for the maintenance and breeding of the tinder fungus. The harvest areas are precisely mapped using GPS technology. Pictures of the harvested trees are taken before and after the harvest. We harvest a maximum of each year 50% the existing fruiting bodies, and thus ensure the preservation of a sufficient amount of fruit bodies in the forest, as well as sufficient regrowth of fruit bodies for sustainable use.

We would like to thank the Bavarian State Forests for their commitment and support of this worldwide unique project. Additional information can be found online.