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Tualatin restaurant Sharky's to hold fundraiser for wetlands conservation

Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill in Tualatin will be donating a share of its proceeds May 15 to The Wetlands Conservancy, a Portland-based group that supports the preservation and restoration of wetland areas.

The restaurant said in a press release that it is pledging 15 percent of the day's sales to the nonprofit land trust, which operates a wetland preserve near where Sharky's is located at 7715 S.W. Nyberg St., in the Nyberg Rivers shopping center.

The Wetlands Conservancy is celebrating American Wetlands Month this May.

“The Wetlands Conservancy is very excited to collaborate with Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill to raise awareness about the benefits of conserving and restoring Oregon’s wetlands, and to highlight the positive effect that healthy estuaries and wetlands have on our environment, water and food systems,” said Esther Lev, the group's executive director, in the press release. “We welcome them as a neighbor to our Nyberg Creek Preserve in Tualatin.”

Although The Wetlands Conservancy is based in southwest Portland, its history goes back to Tualatin. The organization arose from efforts by Althea Pratt to organize and prevent the filling of Hedges Creek Marsh in the 1970s, leading to its creation in 1981 as a land trust for the wetland area in Tualatin.

Sharky's is a new addition to Tualatin's burgeoning restaurant scene. While Sharky's has 23 locations in Southern California, its Tualatin location is its first outpost outside of its home region. It opened at Nyberg Rivers in February.

The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Menu items include burritos, tacos and salads made with organic ingredients.