Category Archives: Environmental


Town hall addresses housing problems, successes and improvements

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Maintenance response times, lack of transparency of housing work orders, and effective sponsorship were among common findings of over four thousand recent home and barracks visits here, said the garrison commander at a town hall to address housing issues.   Garrison Commander Col. Adam Boyd hosted…

June 30th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Housing, News

How to prepare for, respond to extreme heat

  By Kellie Matack, USAG Bavaria Emergency Management   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the summer of 2003, Europe experienced temperatures 20 to 30 percent higher than the seasonal average. Extreme maximum temperatures of 35 to 40 degrees Celsius were recorded in July and continued into August. This extreme weather was…

June 24th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

White-tailed eagle re-sighted near Regensburg

  By Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Grafenwoehr Training Area is one of the few places in Bavaria that supports a healthy population of white-tailed eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla), a species closely related to the North American bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).   Recently, one of the…

May 7th, 2019 Environmental, News, Things You Didn't Know

No health risk posed by native spindle ermine moth caterpillars

  By Elaine Freeth, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Sightings of web covered shrubs with clusters of yellow and black spotted caterpillars around the garrison and residential areas have raised some voices of concern, but community members don’t have to worry about this particular caterpillar.    These native…

May 3rd, 2019 Environmental, News
Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars in an oak tree located on Rose Barracks (Photo by Phillip Glaab, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division)

Community reminded to report, maintain distance from Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars

  By Elaine Freeth, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria authorities request community members to report any nest findings of Oak Processional Moth caterpillars and keep their distance from the locations.   The Oak Processionary Moth (Thaumetopoea processionea), or Eichenprozessionsspinner in German, is a…

May 3rd, 2019 Environmental, News

Everything you need to know about trash & recycling at Netzaberg

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Some questions and confusion about recycling and trash pick-up linger at the Netzaberg housing community.   Knowing where the recycling points are and how to properly sort materials is the first step to keeping Netzaberg beautiful.   What’s the problem?   Netzaberg community members can dispose…

April 25th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Housing

Spring cleanup April 22-26 to beautify our communities

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Tower Barracks, Rose Barracks, and Hohenfels communities will join forces to make U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria look neat and clean during the annual spring cleanup event April 22 to 26.   Soldiers, family members and civilians can help improve the appearance of USAG Bavaria by collecting…

April 11th, 2019 Environmental, Housing, 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.   The Garrison semi-annually offers bulk items collections in the…

March 20th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Housing, News

Scoop the poop: Removing pet waste enhances human, environmental health

  By Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Residents of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria housing areas have recently expressed concerns about pet waste being left in community green spaces.   In one year, a dog can produce nearly 400 pounds of poop, which is equivalent to…

March 5th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Prepare now for floods in Germany

  By Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Severe weather in Europe is just around the corner. Its impact will cause extensive damage due to flooding, strong winds with downed trees, roof damage (flying tiles!), hail and lightning.   Once again, it won’t be uncommon for…

March 3rd, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes