The Quiet Corner Initiative was created in 2010 as a unique form of collaboration where the faculty, students, landowners, the local forest products industry and conservation organizations work together as peers to improve the stewardship of our natural resources. It centers around the 7,840 acres of the Yale-Myers Forest - a self-sufficient and certified woodland among the oldest sustainably managed forests in the nation - and its four neighboring towns of Ashford, Eastford, Union and Woodstock. It focuses on three main areas: the promotion of sound forestland management, the development of renewable energy and the expansion of small-scale agriculture in the region. Efforts associated with these initiatives reflect the ultimate goal on the QCI: to ensure the Quiet Corner maintains its valuable environmental and community qualities.