Amber Sherrill, Five Valleys Land Trust executive director, defined the reasons to support a proposed open land bond measure and stewardship levy during a debate last week in Missoula. “We live in an area that’s growing quickly,“ said Sherrill, in a Missoula Current article. “Outdoor recreation and scenic open space have become a driver for both tourism and businesses locating from more urban centers. It’s particularly important right now that we plan for the future and protect and manage this piece of our growing economy.“ Sherrill debated Missoula City Council member Jesse Ramos, who supported open land but opposed additional property tax hikes. The $15 million bond and $500,000 annual levy are on the Nov. 6 ballot.