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

Thursday, November 10, 2022
9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST (including a 30-min. break)


Presented by
John Palmer, BCMA

Pests and Pathogens
Insects – good bug, bad bug
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?

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

How to Help with Pruning
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?

ANSI – look in the mirror
Training – ongoing improvement
Tree doctors – adding value to your company
Deforestation by Design™ – avoiding predictable mistakes


 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 SAF Cat. 1 CFE Credits

6.5 ISA CEUs 


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is 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 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 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, BCMA Practice; 5.0 Municipal Specialist; 2.0 Climber Specialist, Utility Specialist, Aerial Lift Specialist. 

 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

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: Tree Health 101: Mitigating Threats for Design Professionals

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 pruning techniques, training tips and biomechanics.

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: 

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.