(20 ILCS 5/5-560) (was 20 ILCS 5/6.08)
    Sec. 5-560. In the Department of Natural Resources. An Advisory Board to the Department of Natural Resources, composed of 13 persons, one of whom shall be a senior citizen age 60 or over.
    In the appointment of the initial members the Governor shall designate 3 persons to serve for 2 years, 3 for 4 years, and 3 for 6 years from the third Monday in January of the odd-numbered year in which the term commences. The members first appointed under this amendatory Act of 1984 shall serve a term of 6 years commencing on the third Monday in January, 1985. The members first appointed under this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly shall each be appointed to a term of office to expire on the third Monday in January of 2006. All subsequent appointments shall be for terms of 6 years.
    The Advisory Board shall formulate long range policies for guidance of the Department in: the protection and conservation of renewable resources of the State of Illinois; the development of areas and facilities for outdoor recreation; the prevention of timber destruction and other forest growth by fire or otherwise; the reforestation of suitable lands of this State; the extension of cooperative support to other agencies of this State in preventing and guarding against the pollution of streams and lakes within the State; the management of the wildlife resources, including migratory fowl, and fisheries resources, including the construction of new water impoundment areas; the development of an adequate research program for fish, game, and forestry through cooperation with and support of the Illinois Natural History Survey; and the expressing of policies for proper dissemination of and enforcement of the various laws pertinent to the conservation program of Illinois and the nation.
    The Board shall make a study of the personnel structure of the Department and shall, from time to time, make recommendations to the Governor and the Director of Natural Resources for a merit system of employment and for the revision of the position classification to the extent which Civil Service classification should apply in departmental positions.
    The Board shall make studies of the land acquisition needs of the Department and recommendations from time to time as to necessary acquisition of lands for fisheries, game, forestry, and recreational development.
    The Board may recommend to the Director of Natural Resources any reductions or increases of seasons and bag or possession limits or the closure of any season when research and inventory data indicate the need for those changes.
    Board members shall be reimbursed for any necessary travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
(Source: P.A. 90-435, eff. 1-1-98; 91-239, eff. 1-1-00; 91-798, eff. 7-9-00.)