Jobsen Swamp Preserve
Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY
60 acres

Not open to the public.


One mile north of Fallsburg Creek.

I don't know if this is the area, but I accidentally found a Nature Conservancy piece of land on the right hand side of Primrose Hill Road, 1.5 miles west of the intersection of Primrose Hill Road and Route 9G.  There was no sign saying I couldn't walk on the land, so I did.  I wasn't there long.  Did notice that there were a lot of sedges in the small valleys with their vernal ponds and vernal streams. 


Forms part of the headwaters of Fallsburg Creek, which feeds Vanderburgh Cove on the Hudson River.


Mrs. Deb Dows donated the preserve in 1990.

2001  --Rob and Alysia Raylman, in memory of their grandparents Theresa Modolo and Arthur Baker, donated 10 acres of land to the preserve.


forested wetland, swamp, intermittent streams (part of the headwaters of Fallsburg Creek), deciduous woodland, pasture


There are no officials trails here, but there are the remains of some old woods roads (that are slowly becoming overgrown).  The area is surrounded by houses. 


Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, * = plant blooming on day of field trip, 6/23/04

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Ostrya virginiana (American hop hornbeam)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Berberis vulgaris (European barberry)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (button bush)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honey suckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (black berry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow) *
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) *
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Apocynum sp. (dog bane) * white flowers with pink inside
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) *
Chenopodium album (pigweed)
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy) *
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink) *
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) *
Eupatorium rugosum (white snake root)
Euphorbia cyparissias (cypress spurge)
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Galium mollugo (wild madder) *
Glechoma hederacea (gill over the ground)
Hieracium caespitosum (field hawkweed) *
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed) *
Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort)
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Lysimachia quadrifolia (whorled loosestrife)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Paronychia fastigiata (forked chickweed)
Penstemon digitalis (smooth beardtongue) *
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) *
Polygonum sp. (smartweed) lots of it in the wet area
Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil) *
Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil) *
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)
Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup) *
Silene latifolia (white campion) *
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion) *
Solanum carolinense (horse nettle)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Thlaspi arvense (field pennycress)
Trifolium aureum (yellow clover) *
Trifolium pratense (red clover) *
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)

Carex crinita (sedge)
Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered type sedge)
Carex lurida (sedge)
Carex ovales type (sedge)
Carex ovales type (sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark-green bulrush)
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)

Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)

Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)

Source: Nature Conservancy, Preserve Guide: Eastern New York Chapter.