Trump to Name USDA Undersecretary for Natural Resources, Environment


President Donald Trump will nominate James Hubbard to be Agriculture undersecretary 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 and has served on multiple National Association of State Foresters 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 says Hubbard’s service with the Forest Service and the Department of Interior makes him “exceptionally qualified” for the post.