(35 ILCS 200/10-167)
    Sec. 10-167. Definition of public benefit; certification.
    (a) A conservation right on land shall be considered to provide a demonstrated public benefit if the Department of Natural Resources certifies that it protects in perpetuity at least one of the following:
        (1) Land providing a regular opportunity for public
access to outdoor recreation or outdoor education.
        (2) Land preserving habitat for State or federal
endangered or threatened species or federal candidate species as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (50 CFR 424.02).
        (3) Land identified in the Illinois Natural Areas
        (4) Land determined to be eligible for registration
under Section 16 of the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act.
        (5) Land contributing to the ecological viability of
a park, conservation area, nature preserve, or other high quality native terrestrial or aquatic area that is publicly owned or otherwise protected.
        (6) Land included in, or consistent with a federal,
State, regional, or local government policy or plan for the conservation of wildlife habitat or open space, for the restoration or protection of lakes and streams, or for the protection of scenic areas.
    (b) The person liable for taxes on the land shall submit an application to the Department of Natural Resources requesting certification that the land meets one of the criteria established in subsection (a). The application shall be in a form furnished by the Department of Natural Resources. Within 30 days of receipt of a complete and correct application for certification, the Department of Natural Resources shall determine whether the land encumbered by a conservation right provides a demonstrated public benefit and shall inform the applicant in writing of the decision.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)