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The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is a non-profit organization that connects people to the land and protects the natural resources that make Columbia County special. High Falls Public Conservation Area is one of ten Public Conservation Areas in Columbia County. This 47-acre property takes its name from the historic falls, the highest in the County. These trails track through hardwood forests, hemlock ravines, and near the falls and creek. Enjoy your adventure!
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This vital floodplain forest occurs along the Agawamuck Creek in areas where the bank does not rise steeply from the edge. Nutrient-rich silt, seeds, and other plant matter from upstream are deposited as floodwaters recede, creating conditions that support a greater diversity of plants than any other area at High Falls. Of the many common native plants, perhaps the most interesting are two regionally-rare flowers; false mermaid weed and leatherwood. False mermaid weed is a tiny white wildflower native to North American shady forests. It has short stems which lie flat on the ground and often tangle into a clump, though they sometimes grow upright. The shiny, oval-shaped leaves come to a point, and the flower has white spoon-shaped petals with bumpy spherical fruits at the center. Leatherwood is widespread in North America. It grows slowly and is difficult to recognize, as the small greenish-yellow flowers bloom for only a short period in the spring. Often found growing near the similarly-colored spicebush, leatherwood is believed to be toxic to humans.