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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Public Lands

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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September 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously passed Representative Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) bill, the Yucca House National Monument Boundary Revision Act (H.R. 1492).

September 13, 2019 In The News

Another Obama administration environmental rule is now history, as the Environmental Protection Agency on Thurday finalized its repeal of a 2015 rule expanding waterway and wetlands protections.

The 2015 "Waters of the United States" rule had support from environmentalists but faced criticism from agricultural and other interests. It was opposed in Colorado by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Scott Tipton, both Republicans, and others including the Western Slope organization Club 20.

September 11, 2019 In The News

Acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley on Tuesday defended the administration’s plan to move the department's headquarters to Grand Junction. Testifying in front of the House Natural Resources Committee, he described the plan as a win-win.

"Nothing beats being on the ground," he said. "Nothing beats seeing something up close and personal."

September 3, 2019 In The News

After an invitation-only meeting with Rep. Scott Tipton in Rifle on Thursday, some see light at the end of the tunnel in the fight to protect Thompson Divide.

Tipton has been criticized for not supporting proposed legislation that would withdraw the Thompson Divide area west of Carbondale from future oil and gas development. But after hearing from local stakeholders, Tipton said he is more comfortable with the language.

July 30, 2019 In The News


WASHINGTON – A bill aiming to increase renewable energy production on public lands is gaining broad support as it makes its way through the U.S. House.

A bipartisan group of 24 lawmakers – including Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez – introduced the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act on July 17. It has since picked up nine more co-sponsorships and had a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee.

July 30, 2019 In The News


Colorado’s Third Congressional District is home to some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes and open spaces.

Towering mountains, vast forests, archaeological sites from hundreds of years ago, and North America’s tallest sand dunes are a quick drive or hike from many of our backyards. With unparalleled views and recreation opportunities in our district, we are incredibly fortunate to call this district home.

July 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) released draft text for a public lands package aimed to improve the management of large swaths of public lands across Colorado’s Third Congressional District. Tipton’s draft legislation, the Colorado Recreation Enhancement and Conservation Act (Colorado REC Act), would designate over 70,000 acres of new wilderness, release approximately 39,000 acres from Wilderness Study Areas, enhance recreation opportunities and further protect archaeological sites of the Ancestral Pueblo.

July 19, 2019 Video

"I am thankful for the tireless work of everyone involved in making this move a reality.. I congratulate Grand Junction and look forward to visiting the new headquarters soon!"