Since arriving in Congress, I have been committed to preserving Colorado's pristine areas and cultural treasures. I am committed to keeping Colorado beautiful for this and future generations, through responsible conservation and forest management. I am also committed to ensuring that our open spaces and public lands remain accessible, so that people from all around the world continue to visit and experience our world-class skiing, hiking, angling, hunting, and many other types of outdoor recreation. I support a balanced appraoch to federal land management and believe that the push for any land designation must come from the local level. I support efforts that revolve around respecting the environment we all deepy value, while making the best use of our resources.
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On October 11, 2017, the House Natural Resources Committee reported out of the committee H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act. Prior to voting to report the bill, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) spoke about the value of Colorado’s National Monuments and the need for transparency and local input in the land designation process.
Tipton’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:
At the end of September, we celebrated National Public Lands Day. Communities across Colorado marked the occasion by hosting volunteer and recreation events and National Parks offered free admission. Growing up in western Colorado, National Parks have been a big part of my life and have been the backdrop of countless memories for me and my family. I believe it is important for kids across the country to have the opportunity to experience the wonder that is our National Park system.
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) advocated for ski areas and recreation on public lands during a recent hearing in the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands. The focus of the hearing was the Recreation Not Red Tape Act (H.R. 3400), a bill that would streamline regulations to facilitate more public access to outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands across the United States.
As you read this, tens of thousands of acres are going up in flames across the West. Decades of misguided forest management strategies and decisions are coming home to roost.
The U.S. Forest Service’s enacted FY 2016 budget of $7 billion included $3.2 billion for wildfire suppression, 44.3 percent of the agency’s entire budget. An additional $700 million was transferred from other budgeted line items to cover last year’s firefighting efforts, a process better known as fire-borrowing. This brings firefighting efforts to just under $4 billion, 55 percent of the agency’s budget.
Canyons of the Ancients’ national monument status is no longer under review, but conservationists are still seething over the review that targeted the area and 26 other national monuments.
Before appearing at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that Canyons of the Ancients National Monument was being removed from the list.