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United Nations’ 2014 Theme is “Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development”

MONTREAL, CANADA, March 21, 2014 – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today launched the Boreal Forest Facts website (www.BorealForestFacts.com) to coincide with the United Nations’ 2014 International Day of Forests, providing a new digital resource highlighting the company’s ongoing efforts to promote sustainable forest management in one of the world’s most vibrant ecosystems.

”Canadians have much to be proud of when it comes to the sustainable management of our forests,” said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. “This site will offer a wealth of information about the boreal, the forest products industry, and the future of this renewable resource upon which so many of us depend.”

Resolute recognizes the importance of sustainable forestry practices. In fact, our business depends on a vibrant, sustainable boreal forest. Canada stands as a global leader in sustainable forest management, and in fact, a study by Yale University identified Canada’s forestry laws and regulations as among the most stringent in the world. Less than a quarter of one percent of the boreal is harvested each year, with five times that amount affected annually by natural disturbances such as fire, disease and insects. Well over 40% of the boreal is wholly out of bounds for the forest products industry in both Ontario and Quebec. Of the area available for harvesting, additional portions (38% in Quebec, and 34% in Ontario) have been set aside for conservation or other purposes.

These facts and many more can be found on Boreal Forest Facts. Other featured topics include Forest Stewardship; Safeguarding Caribou; First Nations; and Why Sustainability Makes Business Sense.

For more information, visit www.BorealForestFacts.com.

About Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, specialty papers, market pulp and wood products. The company owns or operates over 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power generation assets in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 90 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally-recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Resolute and other member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of balancing equally the three pillars of sustainability linked to human activities: environmental, social and economic. Resolute is also a member of the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program, in which businesses establish ambitious targets to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work aggressively toward achieving them.

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May 22, 2014

On behalf of everyone at Resolute, we would like to thank Greenpeace for the gift of the Guardian Tree. We appreciate what the Tree symbolizes: respect and appreciation for Canada’s forests, which we share with all those who participated in its creation.

We are glad that many people across Canada care about the boreal forest.  I do too – in fact, I grew up there. I have been working in the forest for decades, as did my father and many other members of my family. I believe that no one cares more for the boreal than those who know it best – people who live and work there and whose very way of life is intertwined with the health of the forest. It’s in our best interest to make sure we operate responsibly. Our company wouldn’t survive if we didn’t, and neither would the communities that depend on healthy working forests for their livelihoods.

We are proud of our record of sustainable forest management: 100% of the woodlands we manage are independently certified to one or more of three internationally-recognized standards. We actively participate in the identification of protected areas, the development of wildlife conservation plans, and the process of forest regeneration. In 2012 alone, Resolute planted more than 60 million trees in Ontario and Quebec and we recently celebrated the planting of our billionth tree in Ontario.

We’re also always striving to do more: reducing our carbon footprint, publishing a GRI-compliant sustainability report, and building strong relationships with boreal communities. Given our mutual interest in ensuring sustainability in the boreal, you may appreciate learning that:

• Canada has a great track record when it comes to sustainable forest management. In fact, a Yale University study showed that Canada’s forestry laws and regulations are among the most stringent in the world.

• Every year, only about 0.2 percent of the boreal forest is affected by harvesting. In comparison, about 5 times that area is disturbed every year by insects, forest fires or disease.

• More than 40% of the boreal in Ontario and Quebec is off limits to the forest products industry. And, more than 30% of the remaining areas have been set aside for conservation.

We welcome the opportunity to answer questions about our sustainability practices. Please send your questions to eco.info@resolutefp.com and we will answer them as promptly as we can.

Once again, thank you to everyone who contributed to the Guardian Tree.

Sincerely,
Richard Garneau
President and Chief Executive Officer
Resolute Forest Products

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