Another critical co-benefit of urban forests is that they provide the capacity to give a habitat to birds, reptilians, small mammals and insects, particularly pollinators. This is particularly critical because of the need to provide sustainable habitats for pollinators, especially bees. Recent studies have shown that urban environments with vegetation and urban forests are one of the most sustainable environments for bees and that such environments better support bee populations than their suburban and rural counterparts. This is because of the high density of vegetation achieved in these green urban settings.
Florida is home to more species of threatened or endangered native vegetation than any other state in the United States with 117 species.
Beyond pollinators, urban vegetation supports healthy biodiversity in the city which provides a large range of benefits to their cities. This includes the conservation of the vegetation making up the urban forests themselves as well. By building these urban forests the capacity for a thriving urban habitat would be provided for not only small fauna and insects, but to these native species of flora as well.