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Presenter: Marty Shaw, RCA, BCMA

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Memphis, TN

Crowne Plaza Downtown
300 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 901-525-1800

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 4:30 pm

Benefits of Trees

   Functional benefits 
   Environmental services
   Vegetation control 
   Wildlife habitat 
   Buffer noise/wind 
   Light shield 
   Erosion control 
   Carbon sequestration
   Traffic control 
   Medical benefits 
   Social benefits 
   Economic benefits
   Aesthetic benefits 
   Specimen tree
   Seasonal color/persistence 
   Frame vista 
   Define public space 
   Add depth

Tree Biology, Soils and Tree Health

   Tree biology and anatomy
   Site/soil characteristics
   Water management
   Tree health and disease

Tree/Site Selection

   Placement in design
   Planting trees 
   Maintaining trees

Trees and Risk Management

   Recognizing tree hazards
   Trees and construction
   Urban tree policy-cost/benefits 
   Tree appraisal

Identifying Tree Problems

   Diagnostic techniques
   Trees and structures 
   Treatment options

Current Threats

   Emerald ash borer
   Southern pine beetle 
   Crape myrtle scale
   Hemlock wooley adelgid
   Gypsy moth
   Thousand cankers disease
   Bacterial leaf scorch
   Sudden oak death

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Other
  • Landscape Architects

Professional Engineers
     6.5 HSW PDHs

     6.5 HSW PDHs
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Landscape Architects
     6.5 HSW PDHs
     6.5 LA/CES HSW PDHs

     4.0 SAF Category 1 CFE Credits

     ISA Pending

(see inside for more credit information)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW PDHs/continuing education hours to engineers and 6.5 HSW PDHs/continuing education hours to architects and landscape architects in most states, including Tennessee. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Tennessee.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES and the LA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved architect and landscape architect continuing education sponsor in New York.

HalfMoon Education has applied to the International Society of Arboriculture for course approvals for its members, which is pending. Email doug@halfmoonseminars.org if you want to receive email notification of the course approval.

The Society of American Foresters has approved this event for 4.0 Category 1 CFE credits.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Marty Shaw, RCA, BCMA

Author of “The Professional Amenity Plant Appraisal Handbook”

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Mr. Shaw grew up in the sleepy little Appalachian town of Bristol, Tennessee, a small city that rests on the boundary between the two states of Tennessee and Virginia. Upon graduation from Bristol Tennessee High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as ship’s baker aboard the USS Shark (a fast attack submarine) for four years. When his enlistment came to an end he took a job selling lawn care service to residential owners in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and later, moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he worked as general manager of a landscape contracting company while attending the University of Tennessee for Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design. Eventually, Mr. Shaw took over as president of a wholesale tree care supply business and built the company from $70,000 in sales to over $1.2 million in just seven years. During that time, he married his wife Kristin and they had two children together. With encouragement from Kristin he also developed an interest in arboricultural consulting, and on May 11th, 1999, he became the first American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) member in Middle Tennessee. From 1998 to 2003, he also served on the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Mr. Shaw has since consulted with private land owners, insurance companies, attorneys, tree companies, cooperative extension service agents, country clubs, state urban forestry organizations, universities, and colleges.

He has worked on some of the most challenging, difficult and highest-profile cases across the United States. Mr. Shaw is a registered consulting arborist, a board-certified master arborist and one of only a handful of arborists worldwide who consult full-time. He is a UAS pilot and a real estate appraiser, and he brings a broad range of skills from a variety of scientific and professional disciplines. An autodidact, Mr. Shaw brings a unique perspective and a talent for learning to any project. He has developed authoritative expertise to create a greater understanding in tree-related matters.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.