CNAP Program Coordinator
Raquel Wertsbaugh is the Colorado Natural Areas Program Coordinator and has held this position since March 2014. Previously, Raquel was the area wildlife conservation biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Salida, CO for eight years. Raquel has also been a private land wildlife biologist in Southeastern Colorado, working with agricultural producers, in a joint position with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Raquel earned her bachelor degree in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University. Her work as a wildlife biologist has included a focus on rare and at-risk species, ranging from boreal toads to bats.
Botanist and Volunteer Steward Manager
Savanna Smith is a botanist at the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and is contracted full-time to CNAP to provide botanical expertise and manage the volunteer steward program. She began this position in 2021; previously, she worked as a CNAP technician for two years. She has extensive experience conducting rare plant inventories and monitoring, with a focus on Colorado’s rare flora. She enjoys conducting field work in all areas of the state, from the grasslands along the Arikaree River all the way up to some of Colorado’s highest peaks. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Ecological Restoration from Colorado State University.
Lindsey Conrad joined the Colorado Natural Areas Program as a Technician in spring of 2020. Lindsey
graduated from Western Colorado University with a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Environmental
Biology. Her background includes DNA analysis with Colorado fungi, reproductive fitness research and
population surveys for the rare and endemic plant species skiff milkvetch, and a range of volunteer experiences. Lindsey is excited to be part of the program and expand her knowledge of botany, soil health, and geologic features.