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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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July 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON--Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) spoke on the House floor in opposition to two amendments attached to the National Defense Authorization Act. During the debate, Tipton slammed the Democrats’ efforts to permanently lock up federal land that is critical for military aviation training and other areas that could be used to extract certain rare earth minerals that are vital to America’s national security.

May 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Representatives Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) led a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, calling on Congress to consider temporarily waiving the federal permitting fees for ski areas through June 2021. Our nation’s ski areas are crucial to the economies of many rural communities across our nation.

February 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) effort to increase access to the Yucca House National Monument in Montezuma County, Colorado, passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote.

February 13, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) measure to study the impact wilderness designations in the West have on Department of Defense readiness passed through the House of Representatives as an amendment to H.R. 2545, the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act.

Speaking in support of the amendment Tipton said, in part:

December 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the BLM confirmed with the office of Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) that it was preparing to conduct an Environmental Assessment of a well-drilling proposal at a limestone quarry mine near Glenwood Springs. Following the announcement, Tipton gave the following response:

November 25, 2019 In The News

Somewhere across the nearly 3 million acres that make up the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, a tall, stately tree is growing that a year from now will decorate the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Just which tree in that sprawling region will receive the honor of being the Capitol Christmas tree is a decision that the Capitol office architect will make next summer, based on about 15 to 20 candidate trees GMUG officials will recommend, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday.

November 22, 2019 Press Release

Delta, Colorado – Today, the U.S. Forest Service announced the 2020 Capitol Christmas Tree will be provided from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), the representative for the area the forests that the tree will come from made the following statement:

October 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. House of Representatives today, voted on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act, a bill which adds stricter federal protections to over 400,000 acres of public lands in Colorado. The bill largely impacts Colorado’s Third Congressional District and Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03), citing concerns from Western Colorado counties and stakeholders directly and indirectly impacted by the bill, opposed it in its current form.

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.