Category Archives: Environmental

Be a good neighbor: USAG Bavaria housing policies

  By USAG Bavaria Housing Office   The intent of this policy is to reinforce German law as closely as possible, and to promote harmony in our communities and living areas.   Noise Control   All individuals within a USAG Bavaria housing community have the right to expect peace and…

June 21st, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, 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…

June 11th, 2018 Environmental, News

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…

May 25th, 2018 Environmental, News

Spring cleanup takes place May 14-18

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Help the Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks communities join forces to make U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria look neat and clean.   Soldiers, family members and civilians can help to improve the appearance of USAG Bavaria by collecting and removing trash and debris from living areas, common…

May 8th, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Homegrown: Take advantage of fresh produce

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring has arrived in Bavaria and nature is coming back from hibernation. This also marks the beginning of gardening season, when seeds and young plants are brought out and tended to so they can produce a plentiful harvest.   The same is true for Tower and…

April 19th, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Things You Didn't Know

Take a Hike!

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Now is the perfect time to get outside. Whether you want to improve your fitness level or take a stroll with the family, below is a list of nature hikes to suit everyone.   Weissenstein Burgrine in Stienwald – Kalvarienbergstrasse 42, 95679 Waldersdorf. This hike is…

April 15th, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Travel

Sun interference causes AFN TV and radio outages Feb 25-Mar 7

  By Staff Sgt. Ben Burgess, AFN Kaiserslautern   KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany —American Forces Network listeners and viewers can expect to lose service for up to 20 minutes at a time due to daily sun interference expected to last until March 7.   Sun outages occur when the sun passes directly…

February 23rd, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Legionella testing to begin at USAG Bavaria

  Editor’s note: This article was updated Feb. 16, 2018.   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.                             Environmental Final Governing Standards for Germany now require the annual…

February 16th, 2018 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

Giant House Spider: harmless to humans, helpful to the environment

By Christa LeGrande, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Division volunteer   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Now that winter is upon us and the days are getting colder, animals of all kinds, including us humans, seek warmer locales to survive the blustery cold.   One such creature we’re likely to find more…

December 12th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News

How DPW keeps roads clear in winter

  By Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Driving in Germany is particularly challenging with the speeds and the amount of traffic on the roadways.   Add winter conditions and the road conditions will deteriorate quickly with rain, ice and snow.   A particular hazard of…

November 30th, 2017 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes