Hubbard nominated for USDA under secretary position

The under secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment oversees the U.S. Forest Service, which manages national forests like the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. ©USFS

President Trump has nominated James Hubbard to serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s under secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment.

The under secretary oversees the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, reporting to the deputy Agriculture secretary. Dan Jiron has served as acting under secretary since June 2017.

Hubbard worked for the Colorado Forest Service for 35 years, serving as state forester from 1984 to 2004. He also served as director of the Office of Wildland Fire Coordination for the Interior Department and deputy chief for State and Private Forestry at the Forest Service.

The nomination comes after Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke resigned last month amid sexual harassment allegations against Tooke and others in the agency. A chief for the NRCS has not yet been appointed.

Read more about Hubbard’s nomination at USDA.