Category Archives: Environmental


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

Turning waste into warmth for 200 buildings on-post Hohenfels

By Paul Hlawatsch, USAG Bavaria Directorate of Public Works   HOHENFELS, Germany — When President Obama signed Executive Order 13693 “Planning for the Sustainability in the Next Decade” Mar. 19, 2015, Hohenfels military community — part of USAG Bavaria — was already one step ahead.   EO 13693 calls for…

November 22nd, 2016 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

Wolf reported near Grafenwoehr Training Area; stay clear

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The State of Bavaria Department of Environment (LfU) reports several sightings of a wolf in the vicinity of the Grafenwoehr Training Area.   The wolf sightings were captured on a Federal Forestry Office wildlife observation camera in Grafenwoehr.   All USAG Bavaria community members are reminded…

September 26th, 2016 Environmental, News

Flood prevention measures further improved on Hohenfels Training Area

By Simone Peuleke, USAG Bavaria Enviromental Division   HOHENFELS, Germany — The U.S. Army successfully completed a project to repair and improve the existing flood prevention system for the access road between Hohenfels Training Area, or HTA, and the off- post community of Hohenburg.   A few decades ago, soil…

September 21st, 2016 Environmental, 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

How to recycle at USAG Bavaria

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Leftovers, beer bottles and broken appliances: in the trash they go. Tossing everything in one waste bin may be acceptable in the United States, but at USAG Bavaria, it’s illegal.  DOD personnel stationed in Germany must sort trash and recycle.   Host nation and Installation…

June 30th, 2016 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Environmental Division’s ‘Experience Spring’ contest winners announced

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Environmental Division’s first annual ‘Experience Spring’ contest has wrapped up and the winners have been announced.   Eight teachers submitted entries from Netzaberg, Vilseck and Hohenfels Elementary Schools. The purpose of the contest is to encourage children to explore nature and learn about local German plant…

June 7th, 2016 Environmental, News, School News

Community helps Netzaberg Elementary School celebrate Earth Day

  Photos and story by Betsy Shepherd, Netzaberg Elementary School fourth-grader   NETZABERG, Germany — On May 13 Netzaberg Elementary School students learned all about making our Earth a better place while celebrating being green with their Earth Day Extravaganza.   The extravaganza featured stations where eager students learned about…

May 31st, 2016 Environmental, School News