Author: Christine Fox

Rose Barracks Soldier earns Environmental Officer award

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A Soldier from Rose Barracks received the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Officer of the Year award for fiscal year 2017 at a recent USAG Bavaria Environmental Quality Control Counsel.   Sgt. Beau Murray, senior wheel mechanic, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, was recognized for…

November 29th, 2017 Environmental, News

What to do when wildlife shares your home

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Wildlife is fun to watch in its natural habitat, but the fun quickly disappears when wild animals decide to share your home with you.   Potential home visitors – or in some cases, invaders – like wasps, hornets, bats and birds are protected by law in…

August 23rd, 2017 Environmental

Discover a beautiful nature trail just outside of Vilseck

  VILSECK, Germany — Tucked away in the woods between Freihung and Vilseck is a family hiking gem called the Beaver Nature Trail, or Biberlehrpfad.   This 1.8 mile long trail is a mix of gravel road and hiking path, leading you through verdant forests, open fields and wetlands before…

July 18th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Travel

2017 Experience Spring Contest Winners

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Environmental Division congratulates the families and students who participated in this years’ Experience Spring contest.   One family along with eight classes from Netzaberg, Vilseck and Hohenfels Elementary Schools submitted entries. The purpose of the contest is to encourage children to explore nature, learn about local…

June 18th, 2017 News

Seven nature activities for summer fun with the family

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Summer is around the corner and kids across USAG Bavaria are excited for school to end. Parents, on the other hand, might not be so excited for summer to start. As a parent (and key entertainer), you might be wondering how you are going to avoid…

June 7th, 2017 News

Environmental Division kicks off second annual Experience Spring contest

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria Environmental Division is hosting a nature contest to welcome the messengers of spring – local plants and animals whose appearance signals the coming of warmer weather and longer days.   From February 15 to May 17, children ages three to 12 can participate in the…

February 21st, 2017 Environmental, News

Vilseck High Schoolers explore Grafenwoehr Training Area

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —  Several Vilseck High School students from Susan Holt’s Biology class and the Environmental Club spent a foggy morning touring the Grafenwoehr Training Area in November.   Environmental Division staff focused on native wildlife and habitat management, as well as the area’s historical past.   Caecilia Kastl-Meier…

January 3rd, 2017 Environmental, News

Wolves make a comeback in Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A wolf was spotted in the Grafenwoehr Training Area a few months ago by a federal forester and photographed by a German Federal Forest Service wildlife camera.   Wolf sightings were reported September 2016 in the expansive training area of Grafenwoehr, prompting immediate garrison response measures.…

November 20th, 2016 Environmental, News

Students sow seeds and harvest knowledge in school gardens

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Autumn is a time of harvest, and student farmers from Netzaberg, Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Elementary Schools are doing just that in their school gardens.   In gardens filled with flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs, students are discovering where food comes from and what it takes to grow…

November 17th, 2016 Environmental, News, School News

Honey bee colonies rescued from buildings set to be demolished

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Environmental Division’s Phillip Glaab and Helmut Schwindl of USAG Bavaria Directorate of Public Works recently relocated two honey bee colonies in buildings marked for demolition due to safety hazards.   Glaab identified the honey bees during the legally-required environmental review during the demolition project and contacted Helmut…

August 30th, 2016 Environmental