Document Post Date
LTER Network Data Access Policy Revision: Report and Recommendations

James Brunt, Peter McCartney, Stuart Gage, and Don Henshaw, October 2004, in a response to a request from the LTER Network Information System Advisory Committee; Text amended April 13, 2005 to reflect approval of recommendations by the LTER CC.

November 1, 2005
Bylaws for the Long Term Ecological Research Network revised 9-05

Long Term Ecological Research Network Bylaws Revision 1.0, September 21, 2005

October 20, 2005
2005 LNO Strategic Plan

Presentation of LTER Network Office Strategic Plan. March 1, 2005.

September 6, 2005
2005 LNO Implementation Plan

Presentation of LTER Network Office Implementation for Strategic Plan. March 1, 2005.

September 6, 2005
LTER Children’s Book Series: Education Outreach Guidelines

Description of how to use LTER Children’s Book Series in the classroom.

September 6, 2005
LTER 2006 renewal proposal guidelines letter to PIs

Instructions for the LTER renewal proposals that are due at NSF on 1 February 2006 via Fastlane.

These instructions are the same as those used for the renewal competition in 2002 and 2004 and your 2003 mid-term site review.

August 26, 2005
LTER Network Data Access Policy Revision 3, Data Access Requirements, and General Data Use Agreement

PDF Version of LTER Network Data Access Policy Revision 3, Data Access Requirements, and General Data Use Agreement Revised by James Brunt, Peter McCartney, Stuart Gage, and Don Henshaw, October 2004, in response to a request from the LTER Network Information System Advisory Committee, approved by the LTER Coordinating Committee April, 2005.

June 1, 2005
LTER Network Data Access Policy 2005
This policy is retained for historical purposes. It has been replaced by 2012 and 2017 revisions to the policy.
April 6, 2005
2005 LTER Network Office Organizational Chart

A list of positions and job descriptions within the LTER Network Office.

January 30, 2005
Bylaws for the LTER Network accepted 9-03

Long Term Ecological Research Network Bylaws as of September 19, 2003.

September 19, 2003
LTER 20 Year Review Response

The response of the LTER network to the 20 year review report.

September 30, 2002
A Brief History of the LTER Network

An outline of the major milestones ocuring in the 20+ year history of the LTER Network, from the 1970s to present.

July 8, 2002
LTER 2000-2010: A Decade of Synthesis

The US LTER network has grown rapidly over the past 20 years, both in size and in the scope of its activities. This growth is generally welcomed and is viewed overall as a mark of the success of the network and its individual sites and investigators. From an initial group of 6 LTER sites and a few dozen investigators in 1980, the network has grown to 24 sites in 2001, involving the work of hundreds of scientists, students, and teachers from scores of institutions at all levels of research and education. The LTER enterprise is unique in the ecological community.

June 22, 2002
LTER 20 Year Review Report

Report from the 20 year review of the LTER program

April 26, 2002
Long Term Ecological Research Core Areas

1. Core Research Questions – Initially, at least, only a modest number of research questions can be asked in a uniform and coordinated fashion at a majority of participating sites. The following are five areas of core research suggested for a majority of the sites, whether they are focused on terrestrial or aquatic systems.

April 19, 2002
2001 LTER Site Characteristics

Summarizes and compares information between sites, such as number of Pis, average dollar amount per PI, and number of graduate students at each site.

August 31, 2001
1998 LTER Network Microbial Ecology Vision Statement

The Vision statement for Microbial Ecology in LTER

August 9, 2001
Background Reading List on Early LTER Network Development

For more information on the early development of the Network, see the following publications:

March 14, 2001
LTER Education Strategic Plan

Executive Summary – Beginning in 1998, the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network formally expanded its education efforts to include K-12 students and teachers mainly through the Schoolyard (SLTER) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Each LTER site designed its own program in relation to the ecological research conducted at the site and the particular need and resources of its local school district and community.

March 1, 2001
LTER Technology Report for the LTER Strategic Plan (The “Gosz Report”)

This report follows the Shugart Committee Report which identified the scientific issues being addressed by the LTER sites and made recommendations for network-wide capabilities to address those issues. The following is a summary of those issues and recommendations to lead to the charge given to the Technology Committee (TC).

April 6, 2000
1988 MSI (Minimum Standard Installation) Worksheet for Techological Capabilities at LTER Sites

The following worksheet outlines a Minimum Standard Installation (MSI) of various technological capabilities at all sites of the LTER Network. The worksheet was developed at the LTER Coordinating Committee (LTER/CC) meeting at Kellogg Biological Station, November 3-4, 1988.

November 4, 1998
LTER 2000: Creating a Global Environmental Research Network

The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program is a highly successful endeavor in the collection and analysis of scientific data on ecological processes, especially over longer temporal and larger spatial scales. The LTER Network currently consists of 18 site-based projects that span a broad array of ecosystems, and a collective, multi-site program in data collection and sharing, experimentation, and synthesis.

December 1, 1993
LTER 10 Year Review Response

The LTER Coordinating Committee has reviewed the report, Ten-Year Review of the National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program, as you requested in your letter of July 12. This was done at a meeting of the full committee in Madison, WI on July 30.

August 9, 1993
LTER 10 Year Review Report

Ten-Year Review of The National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Program

July 12, 1993
1990 LTER Guidelines for Data Management Site Policies

Each Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site should develop its own data management policy in consultation with key investigators and higher administrative units.

October 31, 1990
1989 LTER Strategic Planning Exercise

This documents the Strategic Planning Exercise practiced by the LTER Network in 1989

December 1, 1989
1988 Report of the NSF Advisory Committee on Scientific and Technological Planning for LTER Projects (The “Shugart Report”)


January 31, 1988
1979 Report on Long-Term Ecological Research Concept and Measurement Needs

Long-term Ecological Research Concept Statement and Measurement Needs Summary of a Workshop at the Institute of Ecology, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 25-27, 1979. Prepared for: National Science Foundation Directorate for Biological, Behavioral and Social Sciences Division of Environmental Biology, Biological Research Resources Program

June 27, 1979
1978 Report on Pilot Project for Long-Term Observation and Study of Ecosystems in the United States

This report describes a pilot project for long-term observation and study of ecological systems in the United States. It includes a plan for the organization, development, and administration of the project, as well as a proposed system for the selection, storage, and retrieval of observational data.

February 10, 1978
1977 Long Term Ecological Measurements Conference Report

A group of scientists representing many areas of ecology met March 16-18, 1977 to discuss fundamental issues concerning long-term ecological measurements. The report of this conference is divided into two parts: (1) a summary statement from the entire co nference; and (2) specific recommendations regarding terrestrial freshwater and marine ecosystems, prepared by different sections of the conference.

March 18, 1977