Category Archives: Environmental

Peregrine falcon nest found within Grafenwoehr Training Area’s historic landmark

By Megan McKnight, USAG Bavarian Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – During a routine inspection of the Forest House in June, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Division staff member Stefan Haertl overheard a nearby peregrine falcon cry and observed an adult bird enter the historic Grafenwoehr Water Tower. Upon further…

July 6th, 2021 Environmental, News

HTA erosion control structures prevent local community from flooding

By Nanette Schneider, USAG Bavaria Hohenfels Environmental Division   HOHENFELS, Germany — Heavy rainfall hit the northwestern part of the Hohenfels Training Area in June 2021, creating extreme conditions. Within a few hours, monitoring stations recorded a downpour of over 100 liters of rain per square meter. At the Weihermühlbach…

June 23rd, 2021 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes

USAG Bavaria announced as finalist for the 2021 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation Management

USAG Bavaria Family and MWR Marketing News Release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, is pleased to announce U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria as a finalist for the 2021 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in…

May 13th, 2021 Environmental, News

Wildlife and Health Handbook: What to do when wildlife meets daily life

By Megan McKnight, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Environmental Division published a new “Wildlife and Health Handbook” to help community members safely navigate human and wildlife interactions at USAG Bavaria.   Ever found a bat in the attic, or a giant house spider…

May 12th, 2021 Environmental, News

Hohenburg security fence works to catch large falling boulders

By Nanette Schneider, USAG Bavaria Hohenfels Environmental Division   HOHENBURG, Germany — An extremely heavy rock fragment, weighing about one ton, came loose and fell off the cliff right above the town of Hohenburg. It was caught by a safety net, preventing serious damage to the well-known Hammermühle. Looking at…

May 7th, 2021 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes

How to prepare for, respond to severe weather in Germany

By Kellie Matack, USAG Bavaria Emergency Management   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the spring and summer, it is not unusual for Germany to experience an inflow of warm, humid air masses originating from the southwest. When these air masses converge with the colder air from the north, and there is…

May 3rd, 2021 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Bavarian State Minister for Construction visits GTA

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On April 25, the Bavarian State Minister for Construction, Kerstin Schreyer, visited the Grafenwoehr Training Area to learn about on-going and planned construction projects of the U.S. Army and the German Bundeswehr.   Her ministry and the local Bavarian state construction offices oversee, and assist with, all…

April 28th, 2021 Environmental, Housing, News

Legionella testing to begin at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In order to ensure water safety, USAG Bavaria and U.S. Army garrisons across Germany will conduct a routine Legionella bacteria survey in all our communities.                             Final Governing Standards for Germany now require the annual monitoring of bathroom showers for Legionella bacteria at locations meeting technical…

April 18th, 2021 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

USDA: Bird Flu Outbreak in Europe

USDA News Release Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus is a highly infectious disease affecting wild and domestic birds. The disease can be devastating for domestic poultry. Unlike most other bird diseases, this virus has also infected mammals, including cats, pigs, and is potentially infectious for humans. However, the virus remains…

April 8th, 2021 Environmental, News

Lynx family spotted in the Steinwald

By Megan McKnight with USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – For the first time in Bavaria since the 1850s, a female lynx and her three kittens were observed nearly 130 kilometers outside the Bavarian Forest.   During a routine day of forest maintenance in the Steinwald, a forester…

February 9th, 2021 Environmental, News