(605 ILCS 5/2-220) (from Ch. 121, par. 2-220)
    Sec. 2-220. The Department, after consultation with the Department of Natural Resources, shall, where appropriate, maintain in forested lands, rather than grasslands, Department-controlled property adjacent to and between divided lanes of State highways. In determining where such forestation is appropriate, the Department shall consider whether such forestation would:
    (a) enhance the scenic quality of the highway;
    (b) provide additional habitat for wildlife;
    (c) result in a financial savings from reduced grassland maintenance;
    (d) enhance air quality;
    (e) serve as a deterrent to soil erosion;
    (f) not hinder drivers' visibility or otherwise create a traffic hazard; and
    (g) be fiscally prudent considering the availability of low cost or no cost nursery stock as provided by the Department of Natural Resources.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)