President Donald Trump will nominate James Hubbard to be Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. The post at the Department of Agriculture requires confirmation by the Senate. If confirmed, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that Hubbard would supervise the U.S. Forest Service. Hubbard has worked for the Colorado Forest Service for 235 years and has served on multiple National Association of State Forester’s committees.
In 2004, Hubbard was named director of the Office of Wildland Fire Coordination at the Interior Department. In 2006, Hubbard was appointed deputy chief for state and private forestry at the U.S. Forest Service, a division of the Agriculture Department.
Secretary Perdue issued the following statement regarding Hubbard’s nomination:
“I am very excited by the selection of Jim Hubbard for this leadership role at USDA. Congress passed and President Trump signed into law meaningful reforms and forest management tools that will help us better maintain our national forests. Under Jim Hubbard’s leadership, we will put these tools to use, restore our forests to health, and get them back to work for the taxpayers. Jim’s service with the Forest Service and the Department of Interior makes him exceptionally qualified for this post, and I am eager to have Jim join the team.
“At the same time, there are several other qualified USDA nominees still awaiting Senate confirmation. I urge the Senate to take up these nominations as quickly as possible.”