Jenna Pollock


Jenna is a native of Clayton County and former seasonal employee of Clayton County Conservation. A 2008 graduate of Valley Community High School of Elgin, Jenna went on to graduate with her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah. She has spent three years serving as Naturalist for Emmet County Conservation in Northwest Iowa. Jenna has a deep-rooted love for nature born from her experience in agriculture.


Molly Scherf

office manager

Molly is a native of Clayton County and resides in her hometown of Elkader. She graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Horticulture. Molly and her family love spending time in the outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking, and exploring.  In her free time you can find her coaching youth teams in various sports.


Abbey Harkrader


Abbey grew up in Adel, Iowa before finding her way to Northeast Iowa. She graduated from Upper Iowa University with a degree in Conservation Management in 1998 and worked that spring as a Seasonal Naturalist with Clayton County Conservation and then the following two winters working weekends in the office. She took a position at Effigy Mounds National Monument as a Park Ranger in 1999 where she worked more than nine years in addition to doing two Americorp terms with the DNR as the Regional Naturalist for Eastern Iowa. Abbey enjoys fishing, wildflowers, forests, and introducing kids and adults to the natural world.

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Kenny Slocum

Resource Manager

Kenny grew up in LeClaire, Iowa and attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL graduating in 2009. After a season cutting trail with the Montana Conservation Corps, he spent five years working seasonally for the National Park Service at Effigy Mounds, Carlsbad Caverns, Wind Cave, Zion, and Yellowstone. The further he got from Iowa the more he appreciated its unique treasures, and is thrilled to call beautiful Clayton County his home. He enjoys any activity that means a full day outside –fishing, running, climbing, skiing, etc. – but more than anything, he loves helping others find their own way to connect with nature.  

Ean Popenhagen

Administrative Assistant/

Gift Shop Buyer

Ean grew up in Northeast Iowa and loves the outdoor recreational opportunity the area has to offer. After graduating high school, he joined the Marine Corps and has been a member of the reserves since. He attended Hawkeye Community college and Upper Iowa University for conservation management, and graduated in 2021. After working three summers seasonally in conservation, Ean joined us here at Clayton County. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Jay Farmer


Jay and his wife Lori live in rural Strawberry Point on the farm where he grew up; they have four sons and one granddaughter. Jay is a graduate of NICC and the US Army Ordnance School. Prior to working at CCCB Jay worked as a John Deere service tech, Feed Mill operator, truck driver and auto service tech. Jay enjoys hunting, fishing and camping. Jay is a volunteer firefighter, Hunter Safety instructor and thinks Clayton County is a great place to live. 

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Nick is a native of Clayton County. He is a 2008 graduate of Clayton Ridge High School and a 2012 college graduate of UNI. Nick lived in Cedar Falls and briefly in Destin, FL before returning back to the county. Nick enjoys the driftless area of Northeast Iowa and is thankful for his opportunity to work in conservation here. Some of his hobbies include fishing, hiking, reading, and watching sports.


Shannon Plaht

Park Ranger

Shannon is a native of Northeast Iowa, growing up in Postville. He graduated in 2014 from Upper Iowa University with a B.S. major in Conservation Management and minor in Criminology. During college he spent his summers working as an intern for Allamakee County Conservation and after college spent a summer as a Water Patrol Officer for the IADNR. He has also worked for the Fayette County Sheriff's Office as a Detention Officer before coming to the CCCB. In his spare time Shannon enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, and spending time with his family.

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