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Presenter: Faith Appelquist and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Eagan, MN

Holiday Inn Airport SE-Mall Area
2700 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-454-3434

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 - 5:00 pm

Tree Biology and Health

   What a tree knows; how trees communicate
   Tree biology and anatomy
   Site, soil and climate characteristics
   Overview of native and non-native tree species and characteristics
   Health and disease

The Many Functional Aspects of Trees for Urban Spaces

   Wind breaking
   Erosion control
   Passive cooling
   Noise/wind buffer
   Air filtration
   Carbon sequestration
   Human health
   Aesthetic impact
   Human and wildlife habitat

Tree Design to Thrive, Not Just Survive

   Overview of planning, design and construction documents
   Planting specifications examples
   Establishment specifications examples

Doomed by Design

   Case studies of unsustainable tree design in the urban landscape

Implementing Realistic Tree Protection Plans

   Project case studies of successes and failures
   Specifications for preserving trees in construction projects

Pests, Disease, and Other threats

   Keys to survivability
   Urban heat island
   Climate change
   Tree selection 
   Tree pests and diseases
   Proactive and reactive options
   Questions and answers

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects

     7.0 PDHs (HSW)
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

Landscape Architects
     7.0 PDHs (HSW)
     7.0 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

International Society of Arboriculture
     Course approval pending

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 professional development hours (HSW) to architects, landscape architects, and engineers in most states, including Minnesota. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Minnesota.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 7.0 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES and LA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York CE provider for engineers, architects, and landscape architects.

HalfMoon Education has applied to the International Society of Arboriculture for course approval, which is pending. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for current course approval status under this course listing.

This seminar is also a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing board for continuing education credit.

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.


Faith Appelquist

Owner of Tree Quality in St Paul, Minnesota

Ms. Appelquist specializes in tree evaluation and management, appraisals, risk assessment and landscape design. She earned a Food Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Landscape Design degree from Dakota County Technical College. Ms. Appelquist serves on the board of the Minnesota and Nursery Landscape Association. She is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) board certified master arborist, an American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) registered consulting arborist and a qualified tree risk assessor. Ms. Appelquist is married and has two grown daughters. She has traveled extensively throughout the world. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking and reading.

Manuel Jordán

Owner, Heritage Shade Tree Consultants and Partner of Plant Health Doctors

Mr. Jordán has experience working locally as city forester (various cities), at the state level for the Texas Forest Service and internationally in Spain, England and Mexico. He is an ISA certified arborist, an ISA test proctor, has a tree risk assessment qualification, is a founding member of the ISA Hispanic Committee, and is chair of the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture (MSA) Tree Valuation Committee. Currently, Mr. Jordán is a board member for the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation (MTGF) and a member of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Education & Certification Committee.

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: Trees in the Urban Environment

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This seven-hour live lecture presentation examines tree biology and health, the functions and benefits of trees, strategies for trees to thrive (not just survive), trees as design elements, and tree protection from pests, disease, and other threats.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the basics of tree biology and health, including site selection, soil conditions and climate.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify the many functions of trees, including carbon sequestration, air filtration, passive cooling, wind breaking, erosion control, human and wildlife habitat, and aesthetic enhancements.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to avoid unsustainable tree design practices in urban environments.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to implement realistic tree protection plans in construction areas and identify and describe the threats that trees face in urban environments, including effects of heat island impacts, poor tree selection for development sites, climate change, lack of species diversity, pests, and disease.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with site planning and development.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/04/2022

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.