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Presenter: Marty Shaw, RCA, BCMA

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: New Orleans, LA

Pan American Conference and Media Center
601 Poydras Street, 11th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-200-5730

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

Tree Biology, Soils and Tree Health

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

Tree/Site Selection

   Planting trees 
   Placement in design
   Maintaining trees

Trees and Risk Management

   Recognizing tree hazards
   Urban tree policy-cost/benefits
   Trees and construction
   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
  • Arborist/Forester

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs
Architects & Landscape Architects

     6.5 HSW CEHs
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW
     6.5 LA/CES HSW PDHs
Certified Arborist

     6.5 ISA CEUs (more CEUs inside)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states.  Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Louisiana.

This seminar offers 6.5 HSW CEHs to Louisiana landscape architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval.

This course is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. The Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners accepts programs
approved by the American Institute of Architects. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES and LA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

The International Association of Arboriculture has approved this course for these CEUs: 6.5 Certified Arborist, 6.5 Municipal Specialist, 5.5 Utility Specialist, Climber Specialist, Ariel Lift, 2.25 BCMA Practice, 2.2 BCMA Science, and 2.0 BCMA Management.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity for construction contractors. It is not approved in any state with a contractor continuing education requirement.

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 ships baker aboard the USS Shark (a fast attack submarine) for 4 years. When his enlistment came to an end he took a job selling lawn care service to residential owners in Milwaukee, WI, and later, moved to Knoxville, TN 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 Arborist (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, 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 matter.

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.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: The Tree Course

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This is a 6.5 hour live lecture presentation with the instructors and students together in the same room. It will be conducted in a handicap-accessible conference room with ample seating space and writing surface for all attendees. Bound written materials, authored by the faculty, will be distributed to all participants at the program. Attendance will be monitored and reported to AIA/CES. This course covers the functional and aesthetic benefits of trees, tree biology, soils and tree health, tree/site selection, trees and risk management, tree problem identification, and current threats to trees.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to select appropriate and preferred trees to particular development sites, optimally place trees in the site design, understand planting techniques, and explain to owners the process of maintaining trees.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and describe current threats to trees, including the Emerald Ash Borer, Southern Pine Beetle, Crape Myrtle Scale, Hemlock Wooley Adelgid, Gypsy Moth, Thousand Cankers Disease, Bacterial Leaf Scorch, and Sudden Oak Death.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and describe the many function and aesthetic benefits of trees.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss tree biology and anatomy, preferred site and soil characteristics, water management, and they will be able to identify tree problems and treatment options.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site planning and development.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/13/2021

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.