Page 1 Reorganizing LTER–Jerry Franklin retires as LTER Chair Page 2 Judy Meyer Names ESA President; EPA Awards Grants for Indicator Development at LTER & LMER Sites Page 3 National Biological Survey–Ronald Pulliam; Mary C. Barber Named SBI Executive Director Page 4 Central Plains Experimental Range, Understanding the origin and sustainability of shortgrass steppe ecosystems–Deborah Coffin Page 6 Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, Examining Ecosystem Response to Disturbance in a Landscape Context–Judy L. Meyer & Wayne T. Swank Page 8 Freshwater Imperative (FWI) Research, an excerpt from*The Freshwater Imperative: A Research Agenda* (edited by Robert Naiman, John J. Magnuson, Diane M. McKnight, Jack A. Stanford and other members of the FWI Steering Committee); New LMER Site–Georgia Rivers Page 9 USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program–Dennis Helsel; Ecosystem Management Analysis Ecomap (Bailey 1994) Available Page 10 LTER Scientists Visit Hungarian Nature Reserves–Diana W. Freckman Page 12 International LTER (ILTER) Steering Committee Meets in United Kingdom; Soil Biodiversity Workshop Held at Natural History Museum in London Page 13 A Comparative Analysis of the Temperate Grassland Regions in North and South America–W.K. Lauenroth, J.M. Paruelo, H.E. Epstein, I.C. Burke, M.R. Aquiar & O.E. Sala Page 14 Harvard Forest Population Studies–Richard Lent (HFR) and Taber Allison (NSF); Survey of LTER Population Biologists Proposed Page 15 Dream Suite Synthesis Tool Kit–Caroline Bledsoe; World Wide Web Services Sampler–Harvey Chinn Page 16 GIS & Remote Sensing Data Compiled at Network Office –John Vande Castle Page 17 Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS)–Marion F. Baumgardner; Pilot Global Change Data Management Study Page 18 Recent Publications and Publications of Interest