Category Archives: Environmental

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

Eagle Scout service project brings Garmisch community together

GARMISCH, Germany — Nate Odom, a ninth grader at Munich International School, turned his Eagle Scout service project into reality with the help of volunteers from the Garmisch military community on Saturday, Nov. 21.   After moving to Garmisch with his parents in the summer of 2019, Odom joined Garmisch…

December 3rd, 2020 Environmental, News

USAG Bavaria wins Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria was presented the 2020 Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award, via a Microsoft TEAMS ceremony on Oct. 21. The award recognizes smart ways to manage electricity and heating systems, as the team saved $1,280,000 this past year.   USAG Bavaria Energy Manager…

November 23rd, 2020 Environmental, News

Grafenwoehr Elementary takes environmental learning out of the classroom

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Two classes of fourth grade students met up with representatives from the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Division at Wild B.O.A.R. Outdoor Recreation for a day of hands-on learning about the environment of the Grafenwoehr Training Area.   “We went on a nature walk [where] we saw…

November 13th, 2020 Environmental, News, School News

Eco-friendly ways to deal with winter weather

By Megan McKnight with USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Ice and snow produce special sets of environmental challenges. How you decide to deal with these winter inconveniences impacts the ecosystem.   Salt, debris, dirt and other pollutants accumulate in snow and ice. As the accumulation melts, the…

November 9th, 2020 Environmental, News

#BavariaWeatherEyes – Expand visibility, influence weather decisions

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Staying informed of weather and road conditions is easy. But understanding what occurs between the fall of the first snowflake and the decisions that follow is more complex.   Inclement weather that arrives during the fall and winter months sets into motion a series of events…

October 8th, 2020 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News

Apple Days: Learn all about apples with the Environmental Division

By Megan McKnight with USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Throughout September, the USAG Bavaria Environmental Division celebrates the apple harvest season during a series of events called, “Apple Days.” The organization encourages community members to take this opportunity to learn more about apples and the trees on…

September 17th, 2020 Environmental, News

Staying safe when summer weather turns stormy

By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In Germany, storms can move in very quickly. In nearly a blink of an eye, Bavaria’s summer  sun can be replaced with rain and wind. Here are some simple steps that you can take to…

August 31st, 2020 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Learn about bird rehabilitation at LBV Oberpfalz

By Christa Rolls with USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   Landesbund für Vogelschutz in der Oberpfalz (LBV) is a non-profit organization in Bavaria that specializes in bird rehabilitation and wildlife education. Local rehabilitation centers are important to combating the anthropogenic effects on wildlife, while simultaneously providing an opportunity to educate the…

July 6th, 2020 Environmental, News

An easy guide to bulk trash disposal at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Bulk trash disposal is an ongoing question for many community members in the Tower and Rose Barracks areas of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. Here is a general breakdown of what it is and when it occurs.   Throughout the year, residents can bring bulk trash items…

June 24th, 2020 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Housing, News