Category Archives: Environmental


Detecting lead at USAG Bavaria: A Community member’s reference guide

  BAVARIA — Recent problems with lead at Army housing in the U.S. renewed interest and procedures for testing for lead in water and paint here at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.   An article posted by Reuters Aug. 16, 2018, noted the incidence of elevated blood lead levels in children…

October 10th, 2017 Commander Talk, Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News

How new recycling program at Neustadt affects you

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Neustadt an der Waldnaab, the county which oversees Grafenwoehr, Netzaberg and Eschenbach, rolls out a biodegradable recycling program this October requiring residents to separate and recycle plant-based kitchen waste.   The new program is the next in a series of other county-specific biodegradable recycling policies designed…

September 26th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Dangerous caterpillars discovered at Grafenwoehr Training Area

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A potentially dangerous caterpillar species was recently discovered by garrison cleanup crews in heavily forested areas of the Grafenwoehr Training Area, according to reports from the public works division.   Following the devastating August storm that blew through Vilseck and much of the surrounding training grounds,…

September 7th, 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

USAG Bavaria 2017 spring clean-up guidance

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring has sprung and the garrison is asking all Soldiers, family members and civilians to join forces to beautify and improve the appearance of the USAG Bavaria community during a joint spring cleanup effort.   Spring clean-up for Tower Barracks is scheduled for April 24-28,…

March 30th, 2017 CSM Talk, Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

USAG Bavaria wins Secretary of the Army Environmental Award

  By Christine Fox and Corina Habermann, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army recently announced U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria as winner of Environmental Quality in the overseas category for their annual Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards.   USAG Bavaria will now compete with the…

March 13th, 2017 Environmental, News

Separate bio waste from regular trash

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — German households and businesses, including DoD families and Soldiers living off-post at USAG Bavaria, will soon be required to separate biodegradable waste from non-recyclable refuse, according to a new regulation.   The DoD Environmental Final Governing Standards for Germany, a document that establishes compliance with German…

March 2nd, 2017 Environmental, 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
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Possible wolf may roam Hohenfels Training Area

HOHENFELS, Germany — An adult female red deer was found dead inside the Hohenfels Training Area in early January. The Bavarian Ministry for Environment (LfU) took DNA samples of the deer and determined that it was killed by a wolf of the central European population.   There is a possibility…

February 16th, 2017 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes