Forest Service scientists, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, investigated family forest landowner interest in participating in voluntary carbon market trading programs and in managing their lands to sequester additional carbon. They used a mail survey sent to family forest owners in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota to assess their interest in participating in a hypothetical carbon credit trading program and sought information on landowners' objectives and practices and attitudes towards carbon sequestration and credit programs. They found that Lake States family forest owners are unfamiliar with forest carbon management, credits, and markets, yet curious. Additionally, the analysis suggests that, in general, landowners are more likely to be interested in selling carbon credits when payment amounts are high and contract lengths are short, which may be at odds with the need for longer participation to ensure the quality carbon offsets. Some may place a high value on the co-benefits that can accrue from carbon sequestration efforts (e.g., improved water and soil quality, wildlife habitat, and aesthetic values) and believe that climate change is a problem of environmental concern that forests can help address.