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Betty White, Forest Ranger

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Betty White has a lot of different roles these days: movie star, "Saturday Night Live" host and Snickers pitchwoman.

Now she has a new title: Honorary Forest Ranger. In a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell bestowed the distinction on her, saying she had "made marvelous contributions to our agency and to the cause of conservation across the United States."

The 88-year-old White, a longtime supporter of wilderness preservation, said she wanted to be a ranger as a girl, but at the time such jobs were closed to women.

"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," White said. "In my heart I've been a forest ranger all my life, but now I'm official."

Then she asked if she could wear her new ranger hat to a Kennedy Center event this evening to honor Tina Fey recipient of this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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