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Friday, October 13, 2023
9:00 am – 5:00 pm CDT

Presented by: John Palmer, BCMA


  • 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
  • Defects – 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 Design™

  • 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

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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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6.5 ISA CEUs

Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects:
6.5 HSW CE Hours

Up to 6.5 Category 1 CFE Credits

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar and concurrent webcast are open to the public and are designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and a 6.5-hour learning opportunity for landscape architects licensed in Illinois. Professionals seeking continuing education credits in other states may be able to claim the hours earned at this event; please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The International Society of Arboriculture has approved this course for the following CEUs: 6.5 Certified Arborist, Climber Specialist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, Aerial Lift; 2.5 BCMA Practice; 2.0 BCMA Science, BCMA Management.

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) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York 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)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved HalfMoon Education as a sponsor of continuing education (Sponsor No. J885). This course is approved for 6.5 HSW learning units. Only full participation is reportable to the AIA CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

Foresters may be able to earn up to 6.5 Category 1 CFE credits through the CFE post-approval process with the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Credit determination will be made by SAF.

Foresters may be able to earn up to 6.5 Category 1 CFE credits through the CFE post-approval process with the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Credit determination will be made by SAF.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.5 HSW LUs (AIA)


John Palmer, BCMA

ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (#OH 6319B); ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ); Consultant, Lecturer, Author and Trainer.

Mr. Palmer is a Board Certified Master Arborist® and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified by the International Society of Arboriculture, and a Consulting Arborist. He was the owner of a premium services landscaping company for 20 years. Mr. Palmer’s 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. He does tree assessments for individuals, commercial clients, law firms, insurance companies, municipalities, landscape architecture firms, parks and woodland management agencies, and has assessed and evaluated thousands of individual trees in the past decade.

Here’s what past attendees had to say about the program and presenter John Palmer:

“Very good. Very useful. I will change some of what I have been doing based on what I have learned from this webinar.” – Civil Engineer

“John is one of two presenters in the last 30 years who has held my interest throughout an entire all day program.” – Architect

“Excellent presentation and content. I especially appreciated all of the references in the material.” – Civil Engineer

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 ( 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 promoting tree health and longevity through a focus on understanding soil conditions and improvements, establishing and maintaining root health, adopting strategies for training young trees, maintaining branch structure, utilizing pruning strategies and techniques, and planning and selecting trees based on site conditions.

Learning Objectives:

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

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to determine appropriate pruning actions, including when to cut and when not to cut, and correct defective or poor structure.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to will be able to discuss tree biology, including their processes, health, and responses to external stimuli, to understand why trees do what they do.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify proper and improper branch structure, understand the potential future risks, and train young trees through thigmomorphogenesis (altering the growth pattern).

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to adopt pruning standards, discuss structural pruning, and utilize strategies to help trees recover from cuts.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with site design and landscaping

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/11/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to 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.

Seminar Price: $319.00

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