Category Archives: Environmental


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

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

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