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Presenter: John Palmer, BCMA

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.
Log into Webinar:                7:30 - 8:00 am CDT
Morning Session:                8:00 - 11:45 am CDT
Break:                                11:45 am - 12:15 pm CDT
Afternoon Session:             12:15 - 3:30 pm CDT


   Compaction – the destroyer of soils
   Hydrology – keeping water where it needs to be
   Nutrients – Increasing access to what plants need
   Care – ways to avoid damaging soil


   Structure – what are roots really like?
   Pruning - learn when to cut and not to cut
   Establishment – creating the optimum environment
   Defective – identifying, correcting, or rejecting poor structure


   Processes – discuss why trees do what they do
   Health – increasing vigor, longevity, and stability
   Responses – analyze how trees react
   CODIT – the fundamental biological process


   Young tree training – the path to true sustainability
   Branch structure – right vs wrong, strong vs weak structures
   Risk – how to predict the future
   Thigmomorphogenesis – altering the growth pattern


   Techniques – ways to perform “tree surgery”
   Restoration – helping trees recover
   Structural – creating safer, longer tree life
   Standards – research that informs practice

Deforestation By DesignTM

   Avoiding predictable failures
   Poor materials – caveat emptor: let the buyer beware
   Poor planning – what we want vs what trees need
   Poor planting – how to eliminate discredited techniques and practices

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

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

Professional Engineers:
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW CE Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

Certified Arborists:
     6.5 ISA CEUs (details below)

     6.5 SAF Cat. 1 Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states. It offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to landscape architects in most states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers, architects, and landscape 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), §79-1.5(i)(2)). Courses approved by the AIA/CES qualify for Florida and New Jersey architects. Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES and LA CES.

The International Society of Arboriculture has approved this event for the following CEUs: 6.5 Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, Climber Specialist, Utility Specialist, Aerial Lift; 2.5 BCMA Practice Management; 2 BCMA Science, BCMA Management.

The Society of American Foresters has approved this course for 6.5 Cat 1 hours.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


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: The Arborist Short Course: Advanced Tree Knowledge for Better Tree Care

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the science and techniques for tree health and longevity by understanding soil conditions and improvements, establishing and maintaining root health, strategies for training young trees, maintaining branch structure, pruning strategies and techniques, and tree planning and selection for site conditions.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain how soil compaction affects tree health, and they will be able to identify ways to avoid damaging soil.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe methods to keep water where it needs to be to benefit trees, and they will be able to create the optimum environment for tree roots.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss biological health techniques to increase tree vigor, longevity, and stability.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe methods for training young trees, maintaining branch structure, altering tree growth patterns, and how and when trees should be pruned - all of which increase tree health and sustainability.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to explain predictable tree failures and how the can be avoided by selecting proper materials, adhering to proper planning techniques, and following proven planting methods.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with site design and landscaping

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 07/20/2023

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.