It’s official. The former Golden Girl star – who admitted to childhood aspirations of working alongside Smokey the Bear – was recognized last week as an honorary forest ranger by the US Forest Service at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC .

“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.”

No word yet on if and when Betty will be leading a Wilderness Volunteers trip in 2011. At 88-years strong, I’m sure she could show the rest of us a thing or two.

Read more about Betty’s big day here.