Nearly 31 acres of Missionary Ridge land, steeped in Chattanooga's bloody Civil War history, should soon be in the protective hands of the people of Tennessee if current plans remain on track.

That's the immediate goal of a multipronged effort aimed at conserving the land above and surrounding the 1840s-era Missionary Ridge railroad tunnel.

Last week the Tennessee State Building Commission's Executive Subcommittee agreed to accept the property's eventual donation by the Trust for Public Land to the state once federal funding is secured, say those involved in the effort.

The 30.7-acre property is located across North Crest Road from the National Park Service's Sherman Reservation, one of four historic miniparks that are part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

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