Spanning the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is blessed with abundant natural resources, open spaces, scenic beauty and countless opportunities for sportsmen to enjoy the outdoors.
Since being elected to the House of Representatives, Congressman Scott Tipton has been a reliable voice for sportsmen, fighting in Washington for a balanced approach to public land use that includes respecting the environment that we all deeply value, while making the best use of natural resources.
Recognizing that recreation, conservation, access and job creation are all important aspects of the multiple use management for which public lands are truly intended, Scott has worked in the appropriations process to redirect millions in support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Through these efforts, Scott has fought to prioritize the use of limited resources for conservation, to expand access to public lands and to help fund making public lands, public, rather than funding endless Washington bureaucracy through bloated agency administrative accounts.
Congressman Tipton passed the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act (H.R. 1839) into law in the 113th Congress, a community-driven public lands bill supported by local sportsmen, to protect the Hermosa Creek Watershed—100,000 acres in in the San Juan National Forest north of Durango in Southwest Colorado—and defend continued multiple uses of that land. This law will ensure that Coloradans as well as visitors to our great state have the opportunity to experience Hermosa Creek’s abundant natural beauty for generations to come.
In this vein of commonsense conservation, he continues to fight to allow state-based species conservation efforts already underway in Colorado to succeed without interference from the federal government as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services continues to threaten to list the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act. He is a staunch advocate of locally-tailored species conservation efforts, that according to biologists and other experts, are far more effective than the one-size-fits-all approaches being pushed by the federal government that fail to account for local environmental and topographic conditions. He has co-sponsored legislation in the House (H.R. 1997) to empower state-based species conservation efforts with a six year window for success, as well as supported a 10 year federal listing prohibition of the grouse that was attached to the NDAA in the 114th Congress.
Congressman Tipton is also the sponsor of legislation (H.R. 695) in the House to encourage proactive healthy forest management and prevent wildfire by increasing local control over forest management decisions, as well as a bill (H.R. 1830) to defend Western water rights from massive federal water grabs.
From fighting against the EPA’s steady attempts to limit the availability of ammunition and fishing tackle widely used by sportsmen, to ensuring continued access to public lands for angling, hunting and other activities, Congressman Tipton has persistently defended America’s proud sportsmen’s heritage.
He has served on the House Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture, and as Vice Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, where he continues to work for commonsense conservation, responsible natural resources development and to ensure multiple use of public lands and access to those lands.
Your opinion counts
What do you support as a means to either complement or enhance the funding state fish and wildlife agencies receive through the American System of Conservation Funding? (To learn more about the options below, visit CSF's issue briefs)Vote Here
- Increase the price of hunting and fishing licenses, tags, permits or stamps (8.97%)
- Create new species-specific stamps (e.g. trout stamp) (3.85%)
- Implement a conservation stamp for non-consumptive users (e.g. hikers, bikers, birdwatchers, etc.) that use state-owned lands (30.77%)
- Adopt a Conservation Sales Tax at the state level on all taxable goods, with the funds allocated for conservation projects (15.38%)
- Adopt a Dedicated Sales Tax on Outdoor Goods (a state-level tax on outdoor goods similar to the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs) (23.08%)
- The creation of non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for state wildlife agencies (17.95%)