The Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) established the Spencer Ellis Award to honor the service of Spencer P. Ellis to the environment. His career in landscape architecture included work at the Dept. of Natural Resources, Md. State Forests and Parks, the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, and, important to today's occasion, Program Open Space. The award is given annually to a program or organization that has made a significant contribution to the preservation and conservation of the local environment in Maryland. Spa Creek Conservancy is the honoree for 2017.
The intent of the Annual Maryland ASLA Awards Program is to encourage professional excellence in Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan Area by recognizing significant completed as well as un‐built Landscape Architectural projects. The objective is to bring public attention to the outstanding services of landscape architects by honoring them with professional awards for projects that demonstrate a superior quality of design and execution.
Photo shows the 2016 restoration of the ravine behind the Chesapeake Children's Museum off of Silopanna Road in Annapolis.