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The Team

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Kurt Wolf, Conservation District Executive Director

Kurt Wolf has been working with the Clinton Conservation District along with Gratiot and Saginaw since March 2016. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Science majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. His undergrad concentration was in conservation with a primary focus on wildlife. Kurt previously worked for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as a Non-Career Wildlife Assistant. He enjoys helping landowners improve native habitat on private property and surrounding public land. Kurt is an avid outdoorsman and likes to plant native grassland prairies on his property in Ovid for hunting and recreation.

Kurt can be reached at or 586-921-3013

Eric Bak: MAEAP Technician

Erik started with the district in July of 2019. He has a Bachelors degree in accounting and a Masters degree in Entomology from MSU. He spent 27 years at Michigan State University working in the Pest Management and Wildlife Control unit. Eric also worked in the Environmental Health and Safety department assisting with emergency management and hazardous material response. In his free time he enjoys kayaking, backpacking, hunting, and target shooting.

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Cheyanne Bartholomew: CTAI Conservationist 

Cheyanne joined the district in November of 2020. She graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelors in Wildlife Ecology and Management. Before coming to the Conservation district, she worked on the Isle Royale wolf and moose study, for the Saginaw Bay CISMA, and Michigan DNR. Cheyanne also worked for Michigan State University studying the reproduction and survival of American woodcock and on another project studying the movement and dispersal of white-tailed deer. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, and gardening. She especially loves spending time outdoors with her horse and dogs.

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Joe Woodruff, NRCS District Conservationist:

Joe rejoined the St Johns Field office in July 2019 as District Conservationist after serving Genesee County for several years. Joe is a Clinton County resident with an interest in farming and hunting. He holds a degree from Central Michigan University and got his start in the conservation world working for the Clinton Conservation District. We’re happy to have in back!

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Emily Malkin : NRCS Soil Conservationist

Emily’s interest in agriculture started off while participating in her local FFA program in high school. She joined the military while in high school and will be celebrating 8 years this coming November. While attending college at Michigan State University, Emily graduated in December of 2019 with a Bachelors in Crop and Soil Science and a minor in International Agriculture. After college she worked for a safety compliance laboratory, then started with NRCS in July of 2020 as the soil conservationist for Shiawassee County. Emily enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, and also being outdoors and gardening. She is excited to learn and assist in the conservation of this county, and to promote programs that will benefit farmers and our environment.

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Katie Hafner: NRCS Soil Conservationist 

Katie joined the Clinton Conservation district in January 2019, then switched over to NRCS in 2023. She recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Field Biology from the University of Michigan- Flint. Katie has experience working on both public and with landowners while working at the DNR Rose Lake Field Office in East Lansing. She has a passion for backyard conservation, and can answer all your question on cash crop farming. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, camping, gardening, and working with her husband on the family farm in Chesaning. Katie helps provide conservation planning assistance to landowners in Clinton and Ionia counties.

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Logan Banning: Farm Bill Biologist 

Logan joined the district in September 2022. He recently graduated from Oakland University with a B.S in Environmental Science with a specialization in Natural Resource Management. Before this position, he worked as a watershed protection intern for Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council protecting our precious fish and water resources. I also have some agriculture experience working for a commercial apiary and being a gardener myself. As an avid hunter and fisherman, this Farm Bill Biologist position is very special to him, and he is looking forward to helping you with your wildlife habitat needs. Whether that involves getting you in a financial assistance program to enhance your habitat, or just independently working alongside you to help you with any wildlife habitat project you have (no matter how big or small!)

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Adelyn Geissel, CTAI Program Assistant

Adelyn joined the Clinton Conservation District in February 2020. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Masters in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management, focusing on native habitat conservation. For her Masters degree, Adelyn developed a conservation plan for a pollinator habitat at Sleepy Hollow State Park. Adelyn previously interned with the Michigan Nature Association as a Conservation Specialist. In her free time, Adelyn enjoys hiking, gardening, advocating for native pollinators, trail running, and kayaking/SUP.

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