Betty White Named Honorary Forest Ranger

Posted on November 11, 2010

Betty White Forest Ranger

The U.S. Forest Service honored Betty White's lifelong dedication to protecting wilderness and wildlife by proclaiming her an honorary forest ranger. Betty White has mentioned in interviews that she wanted to be a forest ranger as a little girl, but that women were not allowed to do that then. Today's U.S. Forest Service is 38% female, including rangers, scientists and leaders at every level.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said, "I am sorry you couldn't join us before. Judging from your illustrious career, you would have made marvelous contributions to our agency and to the cause of conservation across the United States. Betty, you are a role model for little girls - for all of us - never to give up on our dreams."

Betty White receiving a forest ranger hat and badge and hugged Smokey Bear.

Betty White said, "Wilderness is getting harder and harder to find these days on our beautiful planet and we're abusing our planet to the point of almost no return. In my heart Iíve been a forest ranger all my life, but now Iím official."

Betty also also said, "I'm going to a wonderful celebration for Tina Fey this evening, and itís a formal affair. Do you think it would be alright if I wore my hat?"

Photo: USDA Forest Service