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Presenter: Marty Shaw, RCA, BCMA

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: St Louis, MO

Holiday Inn Forest Park
5915 Wilson Avenue
St Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-645-0700

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
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects

Professional Engineers
   6.5 PDHs

Architects & Landscape Architects
   6.5 HSW CEUs/CE Hours 
   6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units 
   6.5 LA/CES HSW PDHs

International Society of Arboriculture
   Certified Arborist: 6.5 CEUs 
   Municipal Specialist: 6.5 CEUs 
   More CEU Credits Listed Inside

 Society of American Foresters
   4.0 Category 1 CFE Units

   Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

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

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Provider 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 (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects and landscape architects.

The International Society of Arboriculture has approved this course for 6.5 CEUs for certified arborist and municipal specialist, 5.5 CEUs for utility specialist and climber specialist, and aerial lift, 2.25 CEUs for BCMA science and BCMA practice, and 2.0 CEUs for BCMA management.

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

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for mandatory continuing education credit.


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.