Magazine article Sunset

Ricky Schroder

Magazine article Sunset

Ricky Schroder

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CALABASAS, CA

The actor talks about classic westerns, ranching life, and the beauty of aspens

Coming West I grew up on Staten Island, but I fell in love with the West watching movies. Stagecoach with John Wayne, Clint Eastwood films. When I filmed Lonesome Dove, I decided I needed to live in the West.

Ranches big and small We had a big ranch in Colorado for 15 years. There you deal with things on a large scale. Now we have a smaller ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. We call it the Take It Easy Ranch.

What he likes to work on My wife and I are fixing up three little cabins, 1,200 square feet each. I'm not a finish carpenter, but I know what a place needs.

Living with wildlife We have cougars coming through our property. The park service is studying them, and I help them do fund-raising for that. I've gone with biologists into the field tracking cougars.

The importance of preserving land Ranches in the West are being bought up by people who aren't interested in raising livestock but just in developing them. …

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