The LTER IM GIS working group is requesting funding for an IM buy-out for the completion and implementation of a LTER network basemap and Interactive Cartographic Almanac (ICA).  The GIS working group was asked by Robert Waide, LNO Executive Director, to develop a dynamic mapping tool for the creation of network-wide maps specifically for the use in presentations and publications.  These maps will enhance our ability to describe and depict the LTER network of sites to funding sources, interested public, and LTER and non-LTER affiliated scientists. The following is a summary and estimated cost to create the basemap and IAC.