Based in his ancestral homelands of Southern Oregon and Northern California, Wilson's work focuses on the connections between peoples, the lands and waters they steward, and the cultures that tie them together. A leader in environment, access and diversity (LEAD) ambassador for Northwest River Supplies (NRS), Wilson works to provide opportunities for indigenous youth to strengthen and grow relationships with their rivers through whitewater recreation. As an alumnus of Ríos to Rivers, he co-founded the Maqlaqs Paddle Club with his sister Ashia to help bring access to paddling to their tribal community. Wilson has also actively worked to change policy around dams and endangered rivers worldwide, attending and speaking at UNFCCC COP events and serving as an advisory member for Water Climate Trust. He also serves on the board of directors of Rogue Food Unites, an organization that addresses food insecurities of communities across Southern Oregon. Paul is the co-director of Paddle Tribal Waters (Mountainfilm 2023).