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Presenter: John Palmer, BCMA

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Day 1, Thursday, July 16, 2020
11:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT (incl. 30-min. break)

Pests and Pathogens

   Insects – Good bugs, bad bugs
   Non-native Invasives – Be on the lookout
   Fungi – Should I worry?
   Diseases – Who, what, where, why


   Compaction – The destroyer of soils
   Structure – The most important unknown
   Organisms – Living soils
   Remediation – Whoops. What’s next?

Pruning Essentials

   Techniques – What do you want?
   Training – Trees are like children: Teach them young
   Biomechanics – Proper pruning is impossible without it
   Restoration – Back from the dead?

Day 2, Friday, July 17, 2020
11:00 am - 2:30 pm CDT (incl. 30-min. break)

Plant Material/Provenance

   Growers – Holding them accountable
   Standards – Guidelines for proper trees
   Defective – Acceptable returns
   Native/Non-native – Too far from home


   Establishment – The how to’s
   Biology – Critical science to know
   Micro climates – It’s the little things
   Sites – Right tree, wrong place


   ANSI – Look in the mirror
   Training – Ongoing improvement
   Tree Doctors – Adding value to your company
   Deforestation by Design™ - Avoiding predictable mistakes

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Arborist/Forester

Professional Engineers:
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW CE Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
     6.5 HSW CE Hours
     6.5 LA/CES HSW PDHs

     6.5 Certified Arborist, Climber Specialist, Utility Specialist, Aerial Lift;
     3.0 BCMA Science;
     2.0 BCMA Practice;
     1.5 BCMA Management

     6.5 SAF Category 1 Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

See each course listing for the type and amount of each continuing education credit available. Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ or land surveyor courses in FL, KS, NJ, TN and TX, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities
   American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885) International Code Council (No. 1232)
   Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
   American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
   Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland,
     New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (No. S-0130), and North Dakota.
   Course-by-Course Providers: Association of State Floodplain Managers

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i) (2)). NY landscape architects: §79-1.5(i)(2).


John Palmer, BCMA

PlanetCare Landscape and Arboricultural Services

Mr. Palmer is a Consulting Arborist, Board Certified Master Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture, and an advanced Tree Risk Assessor. He is an author, speaker, and trainer, on subjects including The Future of Urban Forestry, Deforestation By DesignTM, The New Construction Paradigm, and The Leadership Laws of Nature. His focus is on trees in urban and construction environments, soil deficiencies and the importance of soils for sustainable mature trees, increasing urban tree canopies by ensuring trees live to maturity, and unsustainable landscape designs. His areas of expertise include young tree training, proper pruning and planting practices, biomechanics, soil and water management, urban forestry, tree biology, and healthy root system development.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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: Threats to Trees

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This course examines the many threats that challenge the life and health of trees, including pests and pathogens, poor soil conditions, lack of pruning, planting too from native conditions and climate, and mistakes made by caretakers/planters.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and describe which insects threaten particular tree species and which insects can benefit trees.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and describe diseases that are common to trees, and they will be able to explain what conditions expose trees to particular tree species.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss how improper soil conditions can threaten trees and what remediation steps can be taken improve soil conditions.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe how pruning trees can benefit their health, appearance and longevity.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to explain the value of planting native versus non-native or invasive tree species and why placing particular trees at certain locations on a site can impact tree health and survival.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experiences with design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/01/2023

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.