Located in east-central Texas, this park is comprised of two units alongside the Somerville Reservoir. Terrain consists of rolling hills, and there are oak-hickory forests. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, coyote, fox, and armadillo.

Activities: A 21-mile trail system known as the Lake Somerville Trailway extends through the area. The trail is open to hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and cycling.

Camping Regulations: Six designated primitive camping areas are located along the trail. Camping is restricted to these sites. Campfires are allowed in fire rings.

For Further Information: Lake Somerville State Park, Route 1, Box 499, Somerville, TX 77879; (409)535-7763.


The National Trust realised that urgent steps had to be taken to curb the seal population and they decided that the best way to do this was to reduce the number of births on the most vulnerable islands. Fortunately, today, with increased staffing, along with added expenditure, this method has been a great success. The vegetation and soil on the islands of Brownsman and Staple is back to normal and the numbers of seal pups is strictly controlled without the need for culls. Today there are probably about 6,000 seals in the Farne colonies, with nearly 2,000 breeding cows, which give birth to some 1,200 pups annually. There are about 110,000 grey seals around the UK and most of them are born in Scotland, but the Farne Islands are the most important site in England and the only breeding place on the east coast of Britain. On land, grey seals are for the most part ungainly and awkward, but in the water they are in their element, with fish-like movement of the limbs designed for an aquatic life. The limb bones are similar to those of land carnivores, but the upper parts are much shorter and each forearm is fixed direct to the skeleton because there is no shoulder or collarbone. This allows the forelimbs to lay flush with the body and give virtually no resistance to the water, while the hindlimbs extend straight to the rear. Only the hands and feet protrude from the body; the remainder of the limb is internal. The forearms are buried in blubber and are used for slow paddling and changing direction, while the hindlimbs are used for sculling and rapid propulsion.

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