Federal officials plan to relocate an office that helps oversee 60 national parks throughout the western United States from downtown San Francisco to Vancouver, Washington, in a move they say could save millions of dollars.
Staff at the National Park Service Pacific West Regional Office were told this week that the local unit is expected to move out of the Financial District building it has been stationed at since 2011.
Agency leaders say relocating will mean they can stop paying rent and pay their staff less.
"We have struggled with recruitment in San Francisco for years due to the high cost of living," said Stan Austin, the region's director, in a staff memo obtained by KQED.
The Pacific West Regional Office manages parks in eight states and several U.S. territories, spanning close to 13 million acres and visited by more than 66 million people annually.