Late in 2005, James E. Hubbard stepped into the position of U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, with responsibility for Fire and Aviation Management, National Fire Plan, Cooperative Forestry Programs, Forest Health Protection, Conservation Education, Urban and Community Forestry, and the Office of Tribal Relations.
Between November 2004 and October 2005, Hubbard served as the Director of the Office of Wildland Fire Coordination with the Department of the Interior. In this position he had oversight for the implementation of the National Fire Plan and activities of the five land managing bureaus for forest fire prevention, mitigation, and partnerships with communities, tribes, and stakeholders.
Jim was a member of the Colorado Forest Service for over 34 years before coming to Federal Service in 2004. He served as Colorado State Forester from 1984-2004, where he oversaw eight million acres of private and state forest.