The addition of 3.2 million ha in Quebec raised the company’s total in North America to 10.3 million ha, an area larger than Portugal or South Korea, the company said.

Resolute CEO Richard Garneau said it was a major milestone in efforts to become a positive force for sustainability. "Resolute’s growing commitment to FSC complements other key sustainability initiatives, including the company’s membership in the WWF’s Climate Savers Programme."

Ontario minister of natural resources Michael Gravelle said: "Resolute has long played an important role in the Ontario forest products industry. Certainly this is a tremendous milestone."