DNR closes its state recreation lands, citing shoulder-to-shoulder visitors

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The state Department of Natural Resources announced today it is closing its public recreation lands, starting Thursday.

Lands Commissioner Hillary Franz said their trails were crowded shoulder-to-shoulder last weekend and DNR workers noticed several large gatherings.

That, she said, undercuts the state’s efforts to promote social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

DNR manages 1,200 miles of trails and more than 160 recreation sites.

Over the weekend the state announced it was closing all its campgrounds. Then Tuesday, it closed all state parks starting today.