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Friday, June 2, 2023 
9:00 am – 4:30 pm CDT (including a 30-min. break)


Presented by John Palmer, BCMA

Agenda Highlights

The Scientific, Economic, And Aesthetic Benefits of Trees  

  • Physical Benefits 
  • Environmental Benefits 
  • Social Benefits 
  • Health Benefits 
  • Economic Benefits 

 If Trees Could Talk – The Secrets of Healthy, Mature Trees  

  • Biology and Anatomy 
  • Soil 
  • Roots 
  • Oxygen 
  • Stress 
  • Native vs. Non-Native 

  Trees Are Infrastructure: Design Elements That Appreciate  

  • Placement and Value 
  • Benefits 
  • Deforestation By Design™ 
  • Structural Cells 
  • Planning vs. Design 
  • After The Job 

Trees And Site Requirements: Always At Odds?  

  • Compaction and Proctor Density 
  • The Brown Infrastructure 
  • Screened soils: The silent killer 
  • Root myths 
  • Avoidable Conflicts 

 Trees That Outlive Designs: After The Project Is Finished  

  • Trees In Teacups 
  • Lifespan 
  • Soil Volume 
  • Increasing Value 
  • Proper Structure 

 Threats To Trees  

  • Biotic and Abiotic
  • Neglect
  • An Ounce of Prevention
  • Computer Modeling Risks 


 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

6.5 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 HSW PDHs


6.5 ISA CEUs


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers, 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects, and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please 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 International Society of Arboriculture has approved this event for the following CEUs: 6.5 Certified Arborist, 5.75 Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, Climber Specialist, Aerial Lift Specialist, 3.25 BCMA Management, 2.0 BCMA Science, and 1.25 BCMA Practice.

This webinar has been submitted to the Society of American Foresters for pre-approval, which is currently pending.

Visit this course listing at for updates on pending credits. Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).

Visit this course listing online to learn about credits for taking this program on-demand


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®. He is and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, by the International Society of Arboriculture, and he is a Consulting Arborist. He was the owner of a premium services landscaping company for 20 years. 

Mr. Palmer 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. 

Mr. Palmer does tree assessments for individuals, commercial clients, law firms, insurance companies, municipalities, landscape architecture firms, parks and woodland management agencies, and he 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 Tree Course: Science, Design, and Sustainability

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the scientific, economic and aesthetic benefits of trees, the science of healthy and mature trees, trees are design elements, trees and site requirements, trees that outlive designs, and threats to trees.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the environmental, social, health, and economic benefits of trees.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the biology and anatomy of trees, including the interaction between soils, roots, oxygen, and stress.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain the concepts of trees as design elements and part of the infrastructure in the built environment.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and describe threats to trees, including biotic and abiotic threats and neglect. Learners will be able to identify preventative measures to maintain healthy trees and increase longevity.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with landscape design and understanding of trees as energy conservation elements

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/16/2024

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.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $329.00