The Toolbox: PhotographyWho would believe it? Photography is a vital part of Commission work. Waterways conservation officers (WCOs) take pictures for evidence. They show lawyers, judges, and others pictures of people breaking the law. They also take pictures of our waterways that people may have harmed. WCOs take pictures of anglers posing with big fish, too.

Commission biologists take many pictures, too. They photograph unusual stream and lake catches from net surveys and from electrofishing. They also photograph fish, reptiles, and amphibians for use in their research. They take pictures for classroom use, too.

The Commission people who help build stream improvement projects also take pictures. Sometimes they take "before and after" shots. They take a picture of a stream section before any work is done. Then, after the stream improvement device has been built, they photograph the same place to show the new device.

The Commission people in the Bureau of Boating & Education also take pictures. They use pictures to teach people of all ages about fishing and boating. They take pictures to help others learn about our state's fish, reptiles, and amphibians. They take photographs for use in Commission exhibits. They also take pictures for your PLAY newsletter. They take pictures for Pennsylvania Angler & Boater magazine, too, and for other Commission publications.

Pictures are important. They help the Commission do its job better.

Remember the old saying­a picture is worth a thousand words!

1. Angler Dave Phillippy shows the trout
he caught last opening day. The Commission 
will use this picture in publications on trout fishing.


2. Fisheries biologist Steve Kepler samples stream water. Photos like these help the Commission teach others about fish habitat and clean water.

3. Cumberland County Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO) Craig Garman checks an angler's license. These kinds of pictures help the Commission explain what WCOs do and why their work is important.

4. Bureau of Boating & Education 
people show how to use flares correctly. 
Do you see the flare high in the sky?

photos-Art Michaels

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PLAY Summer 1999

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