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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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October 12, 2017 Press Release

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:

October 11, 2017 Press Release

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.

October 4, 2017 Press Release

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.

September 16, 2017 In The News

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.

July 31, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Chris Stewart (UT-02) introduced the Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act (H.R. 3543), a bill that would streamline the approval process for vegetation management projects to protect or restore the habitat of the sage-grouse and mule deer.
July 28, 2017 In The News
Kudos to Rep. Scott Tipton for recommending that a good government program be made permanent.
July 27, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) formally proposed a rule to withdraw the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
July 21, 2017 In The News

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.

July 14, 2017 Press Release
There is nothing that quite compares to the beauty of the sunset over the Grand Canyon or the historic wonder of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. Since the National Park Service was established in 1916, our National Park System has grown from 35 to 59 federally protected sites, adding up to more than 84 million total acres.
July 13, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) bill to protect privately held water rights and uphold state water law passed the U.S. House of Representatives.