Scott Tipton is a U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 3rd District. Tipton was first elected in 2010. Tipton supported President Trump’s executive order calling for a review of national monuments, as well as the Interior Department’s decision to revisit sage grouse habitat protection rules. Tipton supports making public lands transfers easier, and opposes efforts to limit methane pollution. Tipton believes the Land and Water Conservation Fund needs to be reformed.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
U.S. Representative Scott Tipton Supported President Trump’s Review of National Monuments .
Tipton Said Antiquities Act Was Used Without Local Input. “Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colorado, sent out a statement showing his support for the executive order. ‘I am a firm believer that public lands designations should be driven by local communities and move through the legislative process,’ Tipton said. Tipton added that he felt the Antiquities Act has been used in the past to ‘designate massive parcels of land, without input from the individuals who would be most affected by the designation or Congress.’” [Luke Perkins, “National monuments in crosshairs of review ordered by Trump,” The Journal, 04/26/17]
U.S. Representative Scott Tipton Supports l Making Public Land Transfers Easier.
Tipton Voted to Remove a Process that Required Revenue and Value Consideration of Public Lands In Federal Transfers. In 2017, Tipton voted to remove a process that that would require federal transfers account for the value of public lands and their revenue potential. It was reported, “U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and the Republican-held House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of a measure that Democrats and conservation groups say will make it easier to transfer federal public lands to states.” [Jonathan Romeo, “Rep. Scott Tipton vote spurs ire from public land supporters,” Durango Herald, 01/05/17]
U.S. Representative Scott Tipton Supported the Interior Department’s Decision to Revisit Sage Grouse Habitat Protection Rules.
Tipton “Pleased” to See Reversal of Sage Grouse Action. Colorado officials welcomed a review of the Interior Department’s plans to conserve the greater sage-grouse. “U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo, said he was pleased the Interior Department would be changing course. His district includes northwest Colorado, home to greater sage-grouse and some of the nation’s most significant natural gas resources. “‘Biologists and other experts have stated time and again that the most effective species preservation efforts are locally tailored and take into consideration the unique ecology and topography of the region in which the habitat occurs,’ Tipton said in a statement. ‘I am pleased to see action out of Interior that will reverse the one-size-fits-all approach that jeopardized the ongoing work being done in states to preserve and recover the species.’” [Gary Harmon, “Officials welcome review of grouse plan,” Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, 06/11/17]
U.S. Representative Scott Tipton Opposes Efforts to Limit Methane Pollution
Tipton Said the Methane Rule was “Redundant” and “Red Tape.” “‘Methane emissions are already regulated by both the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, so what we saw out of the BLM was simply redundant and unnecessary,’ Tipton said. ‘Regulations that add an additional and redundant layer of red tape on top of an already overly complex regulatory system are precisely the ones we need to prevent.’” [Press Release, Congressman Scott Tipton, 02/03/17]
U.S. Representative Scott Tipton Believes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Needs to be Reformed.
Tipton Opposed Using LWCF to Obtain More Federal Property. “‘Rather than increasing LWCF funding in order to obtain more federal property, land-management agencies should focus on managing the lands they already have. LWCF reauthorization provides an opportunity for reforms that support addressing the growing maintenance backlogs for national parks, roads, trails and facilities.’ [Edward Graham, “Colorado delegation divided over public lands fund,” Durango Herald, 10/20/15]
Tipton Wants to Use the LWCF to Facilitate Land Exchanges. Instead, Tipton believes LWCF funding could also be used for land exchanges ‘involving strategic landholdings’ with private owners.” [Edward Graham, “Colorado delegation divided over public lands fund,” Durango Herald, 10/20/15]