Ryan Bundy is serving as his own attorney in the trial that opened Tuesday.
The trial sets up as a test of public land policies in Western U.S. states where the federal government controls about 85 percent of the land.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is hosting three public meetings in Utah this week to gather input on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's plans to reassess sage grouse management policies adopted under the Obama administration
Many in Oregon are worried that any roll back of the sage grouse plans could land the bird on the endangered species list.
The standoff near Bunkerville, Nevada was an iconic moment in a decades-long turf battle about federal control of vast rangelands in the Western U.S.
The Bundy’s and one other co-defendant face charges stemming from an armed standoff with federal agents in April 2014.