Save These Redwoods

My dear friends and kindred redwood spirits,  

My name is Charles Bello, and I am a 90-year-old widower. I have been living off-grid for 53 years on my 400-acre redwood forest as well as FOUNDER of our non-profit organization, the Redwood Forest Institute (RFI).

For more about my life’s work, please see Kirsten Dirksen’s documentary, “50 years off-grid,” with 8,368,145 views to date and my website

This is a Good Cause.

Personally, I cannot think of anything I can do as an individual that is more beneficial for your children and for future generations, than preserving and restoring our Redwood Forests along with teaching sustainable lifestyle skills, and providing special place for you and future generations to commune with nature. This is my vision and legacy that I was led to believe was consistent with HSUF's educational and conservation programs! 

My problem started when November 12th, 2020, Humboldt State University Foundation sent me the Donor Intent Document - EXHIBIT “G” in the Agreement, where HSUF staff along with HSUF officials assured me that they felt privileged and honored that I would choose them to carry on with my vision and legacy. With these promises, my thought was, “How could I go wrong?” So, on the 16th of April 2021, I signed the “Conditions of Gift of Land Agreement '' which represents my vision and legacy along with the Grant Deed giving them ownership of my life’s work along with this precious place.

Eight months later, to date, HSUF has violated the vast majority of conditions listed within the Agreement. For detailed information on the agreement and violations, you may refer to these actual PDF documents:

1. Conditions of Gift of Land Agreement

2. Violations of the Conditions of Gift of Land Agreement to date

I signed the agreement in good faith that a prestigious university such an HSUF would abide by the conditions agreed upon and honored their word. I was excited and enchanted to get to work with the university as well as looking forward to training their staff to carry on my vision and legacy well into the future.

Now 8 months have passed.  Due to the numerous violations of the agreement by HSUF, I have since asked them to rescind the original agreement in which they have refused. I am now faced with going through the legal process to recover my land. To do so, I need your help. My attorneys tell me that this process could take up to four years and perhaps $500,000.00 or more. I can not do this without your support.


  • Through funding. Getting the land back requires filing a suit along with social media exposure to let HSUF know that we are serious about righting their wrongs. Any small donation will be greatly appreciated.

  • Support to recover my land by sending emails to your friends along with social media channels asking them to pass the word on to others. Spread the word!

  • I need your help to seek some legal entity or legal entities that would like to participate by collectivity doing what they can to try to get rescindance without going to court - I have an excellent local attorney representing me  and one other in New York - Latest brain storm is for us to attend the HSUF Board of Directors Meeting March 25th which is open to the public, with a group of people and ask them to rescind the agreement so that I can have my life back and continue with my vision and legacy of the property as the property has suffered dearly with neglect during the past 9 months under HSUF's management.

  • Perhaps, for a donor that wishes to make a substantial donation we can designate one of our large redwood trees 4 - 5 ft in diameter as their family tree maybe with a bronze back or other designation?


Please make checks payable to the Redwood Forest Institute legal defense fund. , sent to P.O. Box 2079, Willits, Ca. 95490. For credit card payments CLICK HERE

Please send emails to the following people 

President Tom Jackson, Humboldt State University – [email protected]

Frank Witlatch - [email protected]