Monthly Archives: June 2016

National Park Service Centennial

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. As manager of nearly 80 million acres of land in parks and monuments, the Park Service understands the role of lightning in the natural environment. In many instances, lightning fires in wild areas are allowed to burn as part of the natural eco-cycle. However, the Park… Read more »

Happy Fourth of July from ECLE

ECLE will be closed on Monday, July 4th, so our staff can celebrate Independence Day with our families and friends. While picnics, parades, and pyrotechnics are pleasurable, let’s pause to consider what is really worth celebrating:

Protecting a Landmark


Benjamin Franklin did his seminal work on lightning protection while living in Philadelphia, so it’s no surprise that the Philadelphia Museum of Art honors its hometown hero with artworks in its collection. The first hangs on a Museum wall — the iconic painting of Franklin’s kite-flying experiment. The second is on its roof — a… Read more »