Nature Conservancy seeks Oregonians' fave green eateries

The Nature Conservancy

Mark Wittwer (left) and Dirk Vander Schaff were part of the Nature Conservancy team that helped reintroduce Olympia oysters to Netarts Bay.

The Nature Conservancy wants Oregon’s food enthusiasts to push their favorite green restaurants for the group’s top national green restaurant awards.

The Nature’s Plate Awards aim to raise awareness about good, healthy and tasty food. The second annual contest is open to cuisines of all types as well as omnivore, vegetarian and vegan preferences.

The Nature Conservancy noted that native Olympia oysters — nearly wiped out because of habitat loss and non-native predators — are making a comeback at Netarts Bay at the same time grass-fed beef is being raised on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in northeastern Oregon.

Although the contest is focused on restaurants, The Nature Conservancy works closely with farmers, fisheries, winemakers and ranchers.

Voters can nominate their favorite green restaurants through Sept. 16.

Nominations are also being taken for eateries in 19 other states and Washington, D.C.

The voting takes place starting Oct. 1. Winners will be announced Oct. 17.

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