In a board meeting held on January 24th, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) board voted unanimously in favor of a new set of rules, prominently featuring a ban on public nudity on state natural lands. The state agency, which is appointed by the Governor to oversee environmental and recreational policies, voted to pass the rule changes unamended, despite a strong public response opposing the ban. Beyond its adverse implications for naturists and advocates of nude recreation, this decision significantly diminishes any hopes of reinstating the once-nudist-friendly Mazomanie Beach. This decision gravely impacts the naturist community and dashes hopes of reviving Mazo Beach as a nude-friendly site. Coupled with two pending anti-nudity bills in the state legislature, this ruling by the DNR positions Wisconsin to establish one of the most restrictive stances on nudity of any state in the USA, setting a potentially alarming precedent nationwide. 🪐
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