Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is now an Honorary Forest Ranger, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA.)
The USDA bestowed the title to the actor on Wednesday for his work against climate change. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Smokey the Bear, Arnold said the honor “truly touches my heart.”
“I have always known the kind of great work the U.S. Forest Service is doing. But when I became governor of California, [I saw] firsthand the kind of devastating fires we have in California,” he said. “I also have seen what climate change has done. We used to have a fire season, which was in the summer and the fall. Eventually this [included] spring and now there is fire all year long.”
He said that Forest Service firefighters are “without a doubt the best firefighters in the world.”
“And it was like a sport team,” he said. “When a mistake was made there was never any finger pointing. You just got together and figured out how to work even better together. And because of that they were better able to do their jobs… and this is why I became such a fan.”
The Twins star and anti-economic girly men activist received a badge and jacket during a special ceremony at the USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“Schwarzenegger joins actress Betty White and keyboardist Chuck Leavell as honorary forest rangers,” the USDA said.