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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm CDT (including a 60-min. break)


Presented by
John Palmer, BCMA

Overview of the Urban Forest
Characteristics of the Urban Forest
Is it like a “natural” forest?
Ways the Urban Forest is different than a natural forest
• Why these differences are significant
Benefits and importance of trees in urban settings

Conditions for Optimal Tree Health in the Urban Forest
Living conditions for trees to best thrive
How to recreate essential conditions for tree survival
Key environmental factors of the Urban Forest
• Soil
• Water
• Sunlight

Shifting The Paradigm
Community involvement
Educating stakeholders
Dispelling myths and inaccuracies
Stopping poor practices

Science, Standards, and Creating the Plan
Follow up care and maintenance
Passing the baton – creating a sustainable future
Tools and technology
Do they tell us everything?


Webinar Instructions
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 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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Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects:
6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 CEUs (Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist)
4.75 CEUs (Utility Specialist, Climber Specialist, Aerial Lift Specialist)
2.5 CEUs (BCMA Science)
2.25 CEUs (BCMA Management)
1.75 CEUs (BCMA Practice)

6.5 Category 1 CFE Credits 

Certified Planners:


Continuing Education Credit Information 
This seminar and 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 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in Missouri.  

 The Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects (APEPLSPLA) does not pre-approve courses or activities. Professionals seeking continuing education credits in other states will be able to claim the hours earned from this course, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

 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 this course for 6.5 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). 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. 

 The Society of American Foresters has approved this course for 6.5 Category 1 CFE credits. 

 The International Society of Arboriculture has approved this course for the following CEUs: 6.5 Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist; 4.75 Utility Specialist, Climber Specialist, Aerial Lift Specialist; 2.5 BCMA Science; 2.25 BCMA Management; 1.75 BCMA Practice. 

 HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM | 6.5 for Certified Planners. 

 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). 


John Palmer, BCMA

Board Certified Master Arborist and Advanced Tree Risk Assessor from Cleveland, OH

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 Design™, 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.

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 Urban Forest: Challenges and Opportunities

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5-hour live presentation defines and characterizes urban forests, explains their benefits and importance, demonstrates how to recreate essential conditions for tree survival, and explores the science, standards, and maintenance needed to create a sustainable future.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to define and characterize urban forests and explain how they differ from natural forests, why the differences are important, and the benefits of trees in urban settings.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to recreate essential conditions for tree survival by utilizing the key environmental factors of the urban forest: soil, water, and sunlight.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to involve the community in urban forest design and creation, educate stakeholders, dispel myths, and stop poor practices.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss the science and standards behind tree care, craft a plan for follow-up care and maintenance, and explore the related tools and technology.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with tree care

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/02/2025

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.