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                                                                                                    Date: April 18, 2011

Subject: INF – Before and After Photos

Purpose. To provide guidance on taking “before and after” photos of conservation projects and practices.

Expiration Date. September 30, 2011

The utilization of “before and after” photos is important as we try to educate the public and potential clients on our conservation practices and provide success stories on our projects. In addition, Headquarters is requesting before and after photos of our projects. We are, therefore, asking NRCS employees to take photos before a project is started, as well as during and after. These photos are also important for qualitatively documenting events and changes at a site or project over time.

It is more effective if the photos are taken from the same location. Thorough documentation of photo point locations at the time of initial setup makes photos easier to find upon returning to the project site to take repeat photos. To capture your “before and after” photo point locations, consider the following steps:

  • After choosing the locations of your permanent photo points, carefully record the locations. Do not assume that the person who takes the first photo will be available to take photos in the future.
  • Record detailed directions for locating the photo points from a witness point such as a bridge or a road intersection.

Contact. If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Tremble, Public Affairs Specialist, at 990-9569 or email

/s/  Juan C. Hernandez

State Conservationist