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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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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!"

July 16, 2019 Press Release


WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Department of Interior released the details of the plan to relocate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) headquarters to Grand Junction, Colorado. The plan will also relocate additional personnel to other state offices across the West. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), a longtime advocate of moving the BLM West who has worked on the issue since 2016, applauded the decision and the efforts put forth by local, state and federal officials to make the move possible.

July 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) released the following statement after it was reported that the Bureau of Land Management had zeroed in on Grand Junction as a finalist for the headquarter relocation:

July 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Montezuma County Commissioner Keenan Ertel’s testified before the House Natural Resources Committee during a hearing on the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2019, sponsored by Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-01). During his oral testimony, Ertel criticized the bill’s re-designation of three wilderness study areas (WSA) in Montezuma County as permanent Wilderness Areas, citing a Bureau of Land Management determination that the lands were not suited for such designation. He also outlined several other local concerns.