A red pine plantation is planted in rows and often requires at least 40 years before it is thinned for the first time. A red pine stand is ready for thinning when the following conditions are met:
A red pine stand can be thinned 2-3 prior to a final "clear cut". As the stand undergoes successive thinnings, hardwood saplings begin to regenerate in the spaces under the pine canopy. After the final "clear cut" the hardwoods will take over the forest.