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.
Lisa Merkhofer started working as Technician with CNAP in 2016. She brings knowledge of GIS, data analysis, and geology to the program. Lisa holds a bachelor's degree in Geosciences and Biology from Williams College and completed her master's degree focused on paleoecology at Pennsylvania State University. When not working with CNAP, Lisa has completed a variety of projects with the National Park Service where she has monitored caribou habitat, assessed geohazards, and surveyed for dinosaur tracks.
Savanna Smith joined the Colorado Natural Areas Program in spring of 2019. She enjoys working in diverse ecosystems throughout the state and brings a background in wildlife biology and botany to the program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Ecological Restoration at Colorado State University. Since then, she has worked with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, the Bureau of Land Management in Idaho, and the Colorado State Land Board. Her work has involved sage grouse habitat monitoring, range management, noxious weed control, rare plant mapping, and wetland restoration.