Update on what is going on as of June 9, 2022
Can you even imagine a 24/7 - a one year and 3 months nightmare?  It is a wonder I have been able to survive this ordeal and still standing approaching 90 years of age.  Three month ago HSUF attorneys said they were  more than willing to negotiate rescission (return the land to me) and other options. It looked like we were getting somewhere but it turned out to be another stalling maneuver to wear me down seemingly waiting for my demise so they can do whatever they want to do with my land. Most likely sell it.  It is all about ---Money-- at the expense of a trusting, naive, and foolish old man.
Thanks for your kind words and support I am still in the arena fighting for my life --- my land, my vision, and legacy.  NOTE: VISITORS WELCOME - EMAIL [email protected]
 What I really need is funding to hire the best Elder Abuse attorney available or one who is willing to take my issue on a contingency basis.  If you happen to know of someone like this, I will be most appreciate. 
What can help is to have public support through media an emails by the tens of thousands to tell their friends and families to ask the new Cal Poly Humoldt to do the right thing by give me back my land so that I can continue with my vision and legacy for the benefit of future generations.
If the voice of the people, by the people, for the people, is heard I know it will make the difference.  I needs you the readers of this plea to get the job done.  Just a few words will do to let HSUF know that you support me in my desire to continue with my vision and legacy of the past 54 years as HSUF is unable or unwilling to abide by the Conditions of the Gift of Land Agreement.  A short simple emails to the 4 recipients at the bottom of this page will make a difference.  Can you do this for me?


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 over 10,450,000 views to date along with my website www.savetrees.org.


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.

12 months later, almost 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 15 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 3 years and perhaps as much as $500,000.00 or more. I can not do this without your support.


Please make checks payable to the Redwood Forest Institute, sent to P.O. Box 2079, Willits, Ca. 95490.

Please take a minute and send an Email in your own words - to the following   addresses.  See sample of what one person wrote below.

Raleigh W

to tom.JacksonfrankDavid.Greenejguilfoilme
Sampling of some emails that have been sent
Dear Sirs
Having watched Kirsten Dirksen's documentary about the life long project and efforts of Charles Bello and family to preserve the Redwoods and become a model for sustainability, my wife and I were truly inspired. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qcsWajivnI)
We understand that to preserve their legacy he entrusted the property to the Humboldt State University Foundation. Sadly we have come to learn that the Foundation does not appear to have any intention of respecting the "CONDITIONS OF GIFT OF LAND AGREEMENT", based on their violation of the terms of the agreement to date  (https://savetrees.org/violations_of_gift_of_land_agreement.aspx). Clearly a breach of contract and solid grounds for rescission of the gift agreement.
Which begs the question, why would you refuse to honor your commitments and what hope is there that you would preserve the property for the purpose it was gifted?
What does this say about the Humboldt State University Foundation? What does this mean for the future of the property? And most importantly what does this say about you as people?
We feel Charles's legacy should be preserved with the utmost respect for future generations,  and request that you do the right and moral thing to preserve the legacy of the life and work of Charles Bello and honor his unique contribution at a time on our planet when it is in dire need of efforts like his.
Raleigh Waller & Indurani Ghosh 

The Redwood Forest Institute


Fana Baba Dayo [email protected]

2:16 AM (6 hours ago)
Dear Sirs,
As you may be aware, there have been over 10 million views of 50 Years Off-Grid, the documentary that has inspired awe and restored our collective faith in humanity. Lke you we recognized the Conservation Values defined in the Conditions of Gift of Land Agreement between HSUF and Mr. Charles Bello.
In a brief moment of celebration we applauded your commitment to preserve and protect the legacy of Charles and Vanna Rae Bello and honor your role as good stewards of the land as the donor intended.  Although now it is unreservedly clear that it was never your intent to honor your service to CPH or the Bella family legacy.  Rather it appears your sole motive was to steal the land and steadfastly commence to destroying not only the land, but the life of a 90 year old man by ensuring he has no access to basic necessities or any of the assistance contractually agreed upon, while he plunders into financial dispair.
Your actions are not only criminal, but shameful.
Please seize this opportunity to do the right thing without further tarnishing the prestigous reputation of HSUF or compromising its philanthropic mission.  Rescission of the agreement is the right thing to do; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain from Mr. Bello's wealth of knowledge.
LD Trice

natalia rus [email protected]

Sun, Jun 19, 9:57 PM (12 hours ago)

I’m emailing today in regards of the efforts and devotion of Charles Bello and his family to preserve the Redwoods and continue to be a model for sustainability.

Over the past few years I’ve been watching old growth videos and Kristen’s Dirksen’s documentary on Charles Bello popped up on my to watch list. After a few minutes of watching Charles I absolutely loved his personality and listening to everything he’s done. He truly is an amazing person who has a ridiculous amount of skill sets. His dedication to living self sufficient should be far more respected than its being done by your University. It is absolutely unacceptable that you have disrespected Charles conditions and as a University that has been gifted land you should be disappointed in yourselves for firstly allowing your disrespect to continue and secondly for putting Humboldt State University in a position of bad reputation as a University that doesn’t care about old growth and a man who should be held to the utmost respect.

Best wishes,
Natalia Rus
Dear Sirs:

I recently came across a documentary about Charles Bello and his inspiring work in sustaining and preserving the Redwood Forests (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qcsWajivnI). This led to my learning about his conservation work as well as his foundation (https://savetrees.org) where he details his honorable motives and action to gift his land to you, Humboldt State University, to ensure that it is preserved for generations to come. To learn that he, a nearly 90-year-old man, was taken advantage of by you in what appears to be elder abuse was, to say the least, disturbing and disheartening. How could you take such an honorable person's act of goodwill and environmental stewardship, and turn it into what can only be described as a grotesquely dishonorable swindling of an old man and his family's hard work.

You have a choice to make. Right this wrong by doing the human thing for Mr Bello, and return his land back to him.

When you look in the mirror, who will be looking back? Will it be a person that knowingly did something to make this right -- or someone who was part of a perverse corruption of something pure and innocent, based on a family's hard work and generosity? Remember, you made your choice.

Please RIGHT THIS WRONG! DO THE RIGHT THING! Be honorable and make a difference.

John Brown
Morgan Hill, CA