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Presenter: John Palmer, BCMA

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Seminar Location: Online

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Day One: Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:00 am - 3:00 pm CST (including a 30-min. break)

Day Two: Friday, November 13, 2020 11:00 am - 2:30 pm CST (including a 30-min. break)

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Presented by John Palmer, BCMA

Threats to Trees Day One

Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm CST (including a 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?

Threats to Trees Day Two

Friday, November 13, 2020 | 11:00 am - 2:30 pm CST (including a 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 DesignTM - 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 HSW PDHs

Certified Arborists
6.0 ISA CEUs (more inside)

6.5 SAF Cat. 1

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. Course approval is not being sought for landscape architect approval in Florida, New Jersey or North Carolina.

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: 6.0 Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, Climber Specialist, Utility Specialist, Aerial Lift; 3.0 BCMA Science; 2.0 BCMA Practice. The Society of American Foresters has approved this course for 6.5 SAF hours Cat. 1

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: Threats to Trees

Delivery Method: Live Online

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: Familiarity with plant biology and care

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.