University of Wisconsin Offers Free Canoe, If You Pick It Up In New Orleans

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

UW-Madison wants to give away a 16-foot canoe to a nonprofit group. The catch is the recipient has to pick it up — in New Orleans.

The canoe is up for grabs because it's outlived its usefulness in a UW-Madison wetland research program in the Big Easy.

"We seem to get a lot of interesting scenarios like this one," said Matthew Thies, of the university's Surplus With a Purpose, the program that redistributes and sells surplus equipment.

The canoe surfaced last week on the agency's website in a notice listing items available for donation to schools, state agencies or Wisconsin nonprofits. The university doesn't expect to see the canoe again, but the professor who left it there expects it to get a lot of use.

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