UPDATE - AUGUST 23, 2022 
My dear friends and fellow participants.
YES, I am still smiling and fighting to get my life and my land back to save our redwoods. - It has become a do or die proposition for me as over 10,800,405 of you have visited Kirsten Dirksen "50 years off grid YouTube video to date.  Thousands have respond and asked - "How can I help"? 
 For more informaiton and -  perhaps - signinging a petition - on my behalf - to help me save my redoods visit this link
Help 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


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 one year and 4 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.

From Chris Campomanes
Wed, Jun 29, 9:23 PM
I understand promises were made when your organization accepted the land gift from Charles. If this is accurate, I would appeal to your organization to honor the promises made. If unable to do so, then I ask that you return the land back.  Institutions like HSUF should be a model for integrity for future generations. The agreements seem reasonable, and the provisions you need to meet are paltry compared to what you are being gifted.

I know there is a lot of gain riding on this for your organization-but the world will know what you are doing. Your reputation, your legacy is at stake.

On one hand you gain from this wrong. On the other hand, the legacy of the HSUF will be tarnished for good.
I would really appreciate if you are able to take a few minutes and send an Email in your own words - to the following email  addresses as as Cris did as shown in the text above.
Thankyou for your continued interest and support.
Best wishes and kindest regards.
Charles Bello