He is still a movie star, bodybuilder and now-andthen a policy wonk. Now Arnold Schwarzenegger is to become a forest ranger. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently swore in the former California governor as the agency’s third honorary ranger during a ceremony at the Department of Agriculture in the nation’s capital.
It’s amazing that Mr. Schwarzenegger beat Al Gore to the post. But he did. The agency loves Ah-nawld for signing the landmark California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 that included a low carbon fuel standard “to make forests and other ecosystems more resilient — more able to recover from the impacts of climate change.” That is what the forest folk say. And the other two honorary rangers? Oddly enough, they are actress Betty White and Rolling Stones keyboard player Chuck Leavell.